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JT Notes: Meet JazzTimes’ New Editor Mac Randall

For his first JT Notes column, he writes about his love of jazz and stepping into his dream job

Mac Randall
JazzTimes editor Mac Randall

It began with an album cover. A profile shot, slightly blurry around the edges, of a man with a dark, sharp-pointed goatee, wearing a green plaid jacket and black fedora. His right eye (the only one visible) was shut, as if he’d been caught in repose, but that slight blurriness suggested his moment of rest was ending and he was about to burst into some unpredictable action. The words in an archaic font running down the left side of the cover were punctuated by two syllable-breaking hyphens:

MONK’S DREAM THE THELO-NIOUS MONK QUAR-TET

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.