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My Opening Farewell

JazzTimes’ longtime publisher and editor on his transition to part-time role

Lee Mergner at 2017 Newport Jazz Festival (photo by Ari Frankel)
Lee Mergner at 2017 Newport Jazz Festival (photo by Ari Frankel)

It’s never easy to find the words to say goodbye, especially when there are conditions to that goodbye.  Indeed, mine is loaded with conditions, but I have decided to step down as a full-time employee of Madavor Media, the owners of JazzTimes. I expect that my last day in that role will be Friday, January 26, 2018.  I’ve come to a stage of my life when it’s time to devote more time to my family, as well as to my own creative projects. In addition, I feel some obligation to be more of service to others, whether inside or outside of the jazz community that has been such a big part of my professional and personal life for 30+ years.  There’s also the beach at Emerald Isle, NC that calls for me.

I will remain strongly connected to JazzTimes as a contributing editor and consultant. In addition to contributing articles, columns (including ones in this particular Tangents space) and reviews on a regular basis to JazzTimes, I’ll continue to organize the Jazz Congress conference—in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center—that will be held every January in NYC.  The inaugural event, held recently on January 11-12 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center facilities, was a great success and we are already planning on growing the conference in 2019.

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