Monday, June 13, 2011

Jazz Forum digitalized...

Jazz Forum is in Polish jazz something more than just magazine, it is an institution, gracefully led by Paweł Brodowski. For almost 50 years it not only informs, promotes (fantastic series of mainly debut CDs that are attached to every subscriber's copy) but it most of all shapes gusto of jazz fans in Poland. That is why it also irritates me sometimes since in my opinion it is too much inclined on mainstream side of jazz neglecting a little our thriving avant-garde and free jazz scene. However even that has recently changed and names like Wojtek Mazolewski ("Smells Like Tape Spirit"), Maciej Obara ("Three") or Oleś Brothers ("De Profundis") appear on its columns more often.

Since 1965 apart from what was said above Jazz Forum is also a great source of information about history of Polish and European jazz available in Polish but also in English and German because its international editions were printed in those languages between 1968-1989 and 1976-1981 respectively. It is therefore good news for Polish and foreign readers that numbers covering first 25 years of Jazz Forum existence will soon become digitalized. This valuable project was initialized by Z. Seifert Foundation (Aneta Norek-Skrycka and Janusz Stefański) with a financial support of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Bravo!

The link: http://www.polishjazzarch.com/, now inactive, shall be checked near the end of this year for fully functioning site...    


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