Autumn 2014 Update

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Film still of unknown band including trumpeter Ed Allen, c. 1928. Mark Berresford Collection

Welcome to the latest update of VJM's website! Trevor Benwell started VJM in the autumn of 1953, which makes us the oldest continually-published jazz and blues magazine in the world!

STOP PRESS! 14th May 2014. Special 'Scoop' Article - 'The Duke, the Southern Syncopator' and a Mysterious Record Label From 1925.' Read about - and hear - the discovery of what appears to be a hitherto unreported 1925 recording by Duke Ellington! Click Here

13th April 2014 VJM gets a mention in the New York Times! This excellent article on women blues singers Geeshie Wiley and Evie Thomas can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/13/magazine/blues.html?_r=1

The name of Joey Shields will be barely known to all but the most dedicated enthusiast of early 1930s British jazz, but he made some inspired records as vocalist with Spike Hughes and his Orchestra - the top British hardcore jazz group of the period. Howard Rye and Robert Ford present an erudite and thoroughly readable examination this little-known performer’s career.  The 'hard copy' of VJM also has a thought-provoking article on Take Designations on 1920s-30s US record labels by Björn Englund and one by Mark Berresford on the mystery photo that graces this page, but you'll have to subscribe to read it - we can't let everything go for free!  All this plus a selection of truly great auctions from the latest issue - this issue is packed with mouthwatering Jazz and Blues 78s, and what you see here on the website is merely a selection!

We've great articles and a fantastic selection of Jazz and Blues 78s and vinyl on offer from some of the best-known dealers and collectors around! Our proven track record of problem-free transactions forged over 60 years, together with amazingly cheap advertising rates (no shareholders to pay dividends to here!) means we regularly offer the finest selection of records to be found anywhere - and this issue is no exception.

You'll find a great selection of records for auction on the website but remember - there are many more records in the 'hard copy' of the magazine that you will not find on our website -  you will only see them by subscribing to the magazine! What gems are you missing out on by not subscribing? It costs less than you think!

We've all the usual features, including our now-legendary CD and Book reviews, our 'Discographical Ramblings' page and other articles not available here - you really don't know what you're missing if you don't subscribe! 

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