Advert for Bobbie Hind's London Sonora Band, c. 1925. Courtesy Rainer Lotz
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! Work on the autmn issue is well in hand, with a fine selection of articles, not to mention some VERY nice 78 and LP record auctions! We should have the website fully updated in early September.
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
We're very pleased to offer on this web update a well-researched article by Chris Barry on the mysterious guitarist-vocalist Charlie Palloy, who made numerous records for 'dime store' labels in the early 1930s and whose subsequent career until now has been forgotten - Chris reveals all! The 'hard copy' of VJM also has a a long article and discography by Björn Englund on the German Favorite recordings by British bandleader Bobbie Hind's London Sonora Band, 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 still several thousand 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!