Jazz Greats Online: A Stellar Collection in State-of-the-Art Format
Octavian Direct is a British – based company run by one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated group of folks ever encountered. Indeed, they are the brains behind a singularly unique concept called “Jazz Greats,” a weekly, online full-color jazz magazine, with 20 digitally re mastered tracks of the certifiable legends of improvisational music. And incredibly, all this comes to subscribers via the web as a downloadable magazine and mp3 music tracks.
As the folks at Jazz Greats accurately state, “This unique collection will give you a rare insight into the lives, loves and music of the world’s greatest jazz artists. As you collect Jazz Greats, you will gain a greater insight into the real-life stories behind the music, and build an essential reference work to keep and to treasure.”
One of the key words here is “essential.”
There are 80 issues in all, and just some of the artists highlighted in print and in music are Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Nat Cole, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Bix Beiderbecke, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Cab Calloway, Django Reinhardt, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Rex Stewart, The Dorsey Brothers, Roy Eldridge, Eddie Condon, Stan Kenton, Jack Teagarden, Charlie Barnet, Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson and countless others.
Here’s just a brief, editorial teaser of what subscribers can anticipate, this being from issue #67 devoted to Bunny Berigan:
I”n less than ten years, Berigan rose from obscure Midwestern bands to become the finest trumpet player of the Swing Era, famous for bravura displays and lowdown blues alike. He worked – and drank – himself to death at the age of 33. ”
“Focusing on Berigan’s exquisite small-group sides and sensitive accompaniments to singers such as Billie Holiday and Mildred Bailey, the compilation also includes famous jam sessions with his peers and a mixed handful of music from his big-bandleading days. ”
For an incredibly reasonable price of $19.96 per month–that’s four issues delivered weekly at $4.99 each–subscribers receive the full-color magazine that covers every area of the artists’ lives, a detailed analysis of the downloaded music, CD inlays for each issue, and two bonus audio tracks by players who influenced the careers of the artists.
Whether one is an experienced collector who wants to fill in the gaps and/or upgrade to the digital and online format, or someone just starting as a jazz aficionado, the Jazz Greats collection and concept, is, quite simply, a not-to-be missed “essential.”
Obtaining this stellar music and print collection could not be easier. Log onto www.JazzGreatsOnline.com. Subscribe to the collection via PayPal or any other credit card. Upon confirmation of your order, subscribers will receive a download of the new issue that can be downloaded them at any time. Each and every week, the music will arrive in the mp3 format, and a copy of the magazine and front and back CD inlays in pdf format. Jazz Greats subscribers will also have access to their extensive discussion forums.
The beauty of all of this is that a sample of all this can be downloaded at no cost and at no obligation. Just log on to www.JazzGreatsOnline.com and click on the “Free Sample” tab. That’s it.
Like JazzLegends.com, the mission of those behind Jazz Greats is to bring the rare and timeless music of the greatest musicians in history to a wide public at an unparalleled price, and in an attractive, state-of-the-art format. They’ve done it, and for that, they deserve the support of each and every JazzLegends.com visitor.