Madavor Media Acquires JazzTimes Magazine

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Madavor Media Acquires JazzTimes

With
the mainstream media swamped with stories of print magazines folding,
the story of the re-launch of JazzTimes magazine under new ownership by
Madavor Media is a positive tale of determination and vision. On July
10, 2009, Madavor Media, a market-leading enthusiast publishing and
trade-show group based in Boston, acquired the JazzTimes brand and
effective immediately will resume publishing the influential music
magazine and its Web site jazztimes.com.

JazzTimes
was founded in 1970 by Washington, D.C.-based record-store owner Ira
Sabin, who started the publication as a newsletter for his store,
eventually changing its name from Radio Free Jazz to JazzTimes. The
list of contributors to the magazine during its nearly 40-year history
reads like a Who’s Who of modern jazz journalism-including Leonard
Feather, Stanley Dance, Martin Williams, Ira Gitler, Dan Morgenstern,
Stanley Crouch, Nat Hentoff, Gary Giddins, Amiri Baraka, Harvey Pekar,
Nate Chinen and Ashley Kahn. The publication has won numerous awards
for its content and design, and the All-Music Guide has called
JazzTimes “arguably the number-one jazz magazine in the world.”

“We
are honored to have the opportunity to expand our portfolio with this
remarkable and respected publication,” says Jeffrey C. Wolk, chairman
and CEO of Madavor Media. “Because of our experience and industry
partnerships, we are well-positioned to serve jazz enthusiasts and to
build on the impressive business started by Ira Sabin.”

“As an
established, quality-directed, enthusiast consumer media company, we
feel that Madavor Media is the perfect choice as the new steward of the
JazzTimes brand.  Madavor Media is a successful, growing publisher with
the resources and efficiencies that will enable our 39-year-old
franchise to provide expanded services to our dedicated readers and
advertising clients alike”, says JazzTimes publisher and CEO Glenn
Sabin.

“In each issue of JazzTimes, we will continue to deliver
the news and information that readers and advertisers expect from the
world’s leading jazz publication,” says Madavor Media’s VP/Group
Publisher Susan Fitzgerald. “With our experience in circulation,
distribution, production, and promotion, Madavor plans to take the
JazzTimes brand to new heights.”

Current Editor-in-Chief Lee
Mergner and Managing Editor Evan Haga will remain with the publication
to maintain continuity and connection within the jazz community. “For
Evan and I, this is a great opportunity to reinvent the magazine in the
face of so many interesting challenges,” says Mergner. “And we look
forward to the synergy with the other titles in the Madavor stable of
publications.” Jeff Sabin and Eric Adams will continue as the
magazine’s advertising-account representatives.

The next issue
will feature a cover story on saxophonist Joe Lovano, as well as a
piece by investigative reporter Marc Hopkins on the effect of the
current economic climate on jazz festivals. The first issue bearing the
real imprint of Madavor will be the September issue, which spotlights
jazz guitar including stories on John Scofield, Nels Cline and George
Benson, plus lots more.  JazzTimes also publishes an annual Jazz
Education Guide, filled with valuable information and material for
students, parents, and educators.

Madavor Media publishes
other titles and manages trade shows that are number one in their
respective fields in the sports and enthusiast markets. Through its
print and digital magazines, trade shows, websites, e-mail newsletters,
and other partnerships across the publishing industry, Madavor offers
unique ways to communicate with passionate consumers who are eager to
learn more about products and events that support their interests.

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