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JazzTimes Gets into the Satellite Radio Act

JazzTimes crosses over, albeit briefly, into another medium with a Year in Review show produced for Sirius satellite radio. Airing on Saturday, January 22 at 3 p.m. on Sirius’ Pure Jazz channel (#72), the special segment features JazzTimes publisher Lee Mergner, columnist Nate Chinen and guest artist Christian McBride, each weighing in on the highlights and lowlights of 2004. Hosted by Sirius’ Paul Anthony, the show includes a lively discussion of the Critics’ Pick of Don Byron’s Ivey-Divey as the best of the year and an analysis of the DIY trend in jazz recording. And what would a roundtable discussion of jazz be without mention of Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center program? The guests end the show with some predictions and wishes for jazz in 2005.

Matt Abramovitz, jazz format manager for Sirius, says about the show: “Nobody has a better perspective on the year in jazz than the folks at JazzTimes magazine. With everything that’s happened on the scene in 2004-from the opening of the new space at Lincoln Center to the retirement of Dr. Billy Taylor-I’m glad that Lee, Nate, and Christian are able to give Sirius listeners the insider’s take on the jazz world, where it’s been, and where it’s headed.”

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