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JT Notes: JazzTimes’ Editor Evan Haga Bids Farewell

Longtime editor of JazzTimes looks back on his 10-year tenure with the magazine

Evan Haga, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis IJD 2018
Evan Haga (left) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, for International Jazz Day, with Kurt Elling and Branford Marsalis (Photo: Steve Mundinger/Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)

In 1907, after the Coney Island impresario George C. Tilyou witnessed the ashy ruins of his Steeplechase Park, he posted a pithy note that begins with two lines I find to be exceptionally beautiful: To enquiring friends – I had troubles yesterday that I have not today. I have troubles today that I had not yesterday. 

Sitting at my desk in late May, I’m going to understand that sentiment better on June 6, the day after my last as the editor of JazzTimes. Mac Randall, one of my go-to freelancers and among the most skilled culture journalists I’ve ever worked with, is going to take over, and I’ll remain a contributing writer.

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Evan Haga

Evan Haga worked as an editor and writer at JazzTimes from 2006 to 2018. He is currently the Jazz Curator at TIDAL, and his writing has appeared at RollingStone.com, NPR MusicBillboard and other outlets.