As a service to their increasing global readership, AAJ will publish choice content as well as translated content in Spanish, Italian and French.
Says Michael Ricci, All About Jazz's Founder/Publisher, "It's been a longstanding goal to publish localized versions of AAJ. We have the ability to deliver regional information in the United States through MY AAJ, and thanks to Luigi Santosuosso, we have provided coverage of jazz from Italy (in Italian) for eight years. We are developing solutions beyond English and Italian to present other languages starting with Spanish."
As of today, All About Jazz will publish articles in Spanish under the editorial direction of Joan A. Cararach. Look for interviews with pianists Danilo Perez and Omar Sosa, a review of Dafnis Prieto new album (Live at Jazz Standard), and an interview with Joan A. Cararach himself, who just happens to be the artistic director of the Barcelona Jazz Festival. The first article, published today, is the prologue to the English version of the Barcelona Jazz Festival 40 Edition book, written by Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spanish foreign minister. We'll also translate a 2003 interview with Blue Note's CEO Bruce Lundvall who is one of the guest lecturers at the 2009 Barcelona Jazz Festival.
"I've followed All About Jazz regularly since 1997," states Mr. Cararach. "So I invited Michael Ricci to come to Barcelona to be part in my lecture series along with such other prestigious journalists as Nate Chinen, Stanley Crouch, Gary Giddins, Ashley Kahn, Bill Milkowski and Ben Ratliff. The opportunity to partner with an organization as committed to jazz advocacy as All About Jazz is very exciting, and we greatly look forward to developing a Spanish language version of AAJ with original content. It's time to write about musicians like Chano Dominguez, Guillermo Klein and Danilo Perez, as well as Cuban masters like the great Bebo Valdes, in their own shared language."