Since 2013 I’ve been writing here on the Jazz Loop. I started this blog so I could be a more diverse, intelligent jazz musician, and fan. I wanted to also continue to work on my writing skills. Being a musician it’s very easy to become a one dimensional human so by writing about jazz I felt I could work on a aspect of my humanity that wasn’t strictly music and make it a part of my musicianship. I feel I accomplished this.
The community I’ve built, the reactions I’ve gotten from my peers, my idols, and musicians around the world is one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. Still, it’s time to say goodbye.
I have very mixed feelings about ending the Jazz Loop. This past year I’ve got more views and interactions from people than all other years combined. It’s hard to walk away from something that is growing at such a fast rate, but I know in my heart it’s what I need to do.
I never did this to be a writer. I did this to contribute to the culture. I’m at a point now where (thankfully) my music career is ramping up in work and with so many students, musical projects, and practicing I feel that if I keep trying to write consistently on The Jazz Loop I’ll be wearing myself thin.
So I’m quitting while I’m ahead. Rather than struggle for a few months trying to do something I know I can’t I’m moving on and saying goodbye.
The site will stay up and I will do my best to make sure it’s never taken down. There are so many posts that are up here that people can get value from such as my Chicago Spotlight, Best Of Year lists, album reviews, and First Listens. Hopefully people will continue to support and share what I have archived.
This is goodbye for now, but maybe not forever. I will still be doing writing on my personal site here. I will be posting updates on my latest projects and maybe a couple of Jazz Loop esque articles if they are appropriate. Also I’m on Medium which you can check out here. On Medium I will be sharing the non music aspects of my life.
So if you like my writing there will be new things to read and if you like my music this year will be my biggest yet. So as the Jazz Loop says goodbye I just want to say Thank you for your time, take care, and, as always, Thank you for staying in The Jazz Loop.