Ted Gioia, longtime president and editor of jazz.com, confirmed today that he will be stepping down as editor of the Web site in a few weeks. Gioia refused to comment on the future of the site, for which he not only assigned pieces, but also wrote a considerable amount. Among the regular contributors to jazz.com are a number of JazzTimes writers including Nat Hentoff, Chris Kelsey and Larry Appelbaum, as well as other notable jazz writers such as Stuart Nicholson and Ted Panken.
When contacted by JT about the future of the site, Gioia simply stated that he had “no comment.” He also declined to refer us to any other staff or contact at jazz.com for comment. JT contacted several contributors about Gioia, the site and its future. “In Ted Panken, Stuart Nicholson, and its many other contributors, Jazz.com employs some of the best interviewers in the business,” wrote Chris Kelsey, who also edits material for jazz.com. “These guys are indefatigable in the way they get and write-up interviews, and once they get them, they display a rare depth of knowledge. We’ve gotten so many superb interviews with some of greatest jazz musicians now active. And they keep coming and coming. The encyclopedia gives in-depth info on a huge number of players, many of whom are not much documented elsewhere. The track reviews are a big innovation. Speaking for myself, I love being able to write three or four hundred words about a single performance, as opposed to being limited to many fewer while covering an entire album. The reviews are generally of a high quality, especially when you consider the volume of reviews the site turns out. New stuff is published every day of the week. I think it’s very well edited, also. Ted Gioia sets the standard, but the other editors (including myself, I say in all modesty) do an excellent job, as well, especially when it comes to utilizing the Web’s unique qualities.”