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The Gig: JALC Takes Over Jazz.org

What's in a domain name?

Nate Chinen

What’s in a name? How about a domain name? That rhetorical question has hung in the air, at least for some among us, since it came to light that Jazz at Lincoln Center had changed its web domain from jalc.org to jazz.org. The switch was made quietly, without fanfare or uproar, in December. I noticed it during a routine sweep of the online club calendars, and made a mental note to look into the matter in the new year.

I was beaten to the punch by André Guess, a former Jazz at Lincoln Center executive, who posted an online petition in January that broadcast his disapproval of the change. “While a two-letter difference in a four-letter domain name doesn’t seem like much,” Guess wrote, “symbolically it is a big deal and in my opinion a big mistake.”

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