25 years in the making, All About Jazz continues to adapt and evolve, and with each passing year, establishes deeper roots and meaning for everyone associated with jazz.
2020—what a long, strange year it's been. Like everyone else, we hunkered down and made the best of it. With club closures and cancelled tours and performances, we enhanced Jazz Near You to account for livestream broadcasts and we created a more balanced weekly newsletter to include website news. We're actively migrating our technology to a framework (called Laravel) that will modernize our platform so we can continue to enrich our offerings and realize our vision. We still have several months of work ahead of us, so the migration project is not without risk, but we'll be much better off in 2021 as a result. Amid the website rebuild, we shared some significant news—All About Jazz celebrated its 25th anniversary and we developed a method to broadcast livestream events.
Prior to starting the rebuild project, we made continual improvements to both All About Jazz and Jazz Near You—our many highlights include:
- All About Jazz turned 25. From fun hobby to perhaps the most powerful and influential voice for jazz advocacy online, read Silver Linings: AAJ @ 25.
- We made it possible to broadcast livestream events from All About Jazz and Jazz Near You. We also made Jazz Near You livestream and home concert friendly.
- We created an all-in-one super search. Advanced searching is still available here.
- DISQUS comments are back and this time they're ad free!
- Our 2020 interface design changes improved website navigation and appearance.
- We moved All About Jazz to a new hosting service.
- We introduced future tracks of the day. Listen to them ahead of their scheduled date here.
- We improved how we handle personnel associated with album information—we now identify and save leaders and side personnel in individual fields instead of lumping them all into a single text box.
- Chris May dazzled and entertained us while single-handedly rebooting the Building a Jazz Library column with his alternative selections.
- We completed three reader polls: Top City; Fantasy Festival; Top Record Label.
- We introduced a new radio program and a new podcast: Bitches Brew (with a focus on fusion) hosted by Len Davis and Liner Notes (musician to musician discussions) with David Bixler.
- Though contest giveaways returned late last year, we amped up the prizes in 2020 with generous offerings by Vinyl Me Please, Cellar Live, MoonJune Records, SMOKE Sessions and more. Congratulations to the many winners!
- We interviewed a staggering 180 musicians! That's one interview every 2.02 days. Crazy!
Despite a year filled with challenges, we were able to persevere, mostly with the support of our readers and our musician users who purchased our promotional services
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