The JazzTimes issue you hold in your hands may not look any different from recent editions, but in fact it’s the result of a very special transformation. For the last 39 years, the magazine was owned and run by the Sabin family—first Ira Sabin, who founded the publication in 1970, and then his sons, Glenn and Jeff Sabin, who took over the business in 1990 and transformed it into the award-winning glossy magazine that All Music Guide called “arguably the number-one jazz magazine in the world.” However, recent financial pressures made the economics of a one-title business untenable for the owners. After a brief hiatus, the JazzTimes brand was purchased in early July by Madavor Media, a publishing group based in Boston.
We appreciate the support and understanding we received from subscribers during this period. Whether it was calls and e-mails to the JazzTimes office or messages posted to jazztimes.com, the communication from our readers was almost unanimously positive. Just as readers could more readily value a publication they suddenly didn’t receive, we can now better appreciate the loyalty of our vocal and passionate audience.