Earlier this month, I posted that the Live Jazz in the Twin Cities calendar would end on August 1. Several people wrote that they were sad to see it go. Thanks to all of you for your kind words and your close attention over the years.
Today I'm pleased to announce that the calendar will continue on the Jazz Police website, under the direction of founder and webmaster Don Berryman. As many of you know, Don has long been a great friend and supporter of jazz in the Twin Cities. Jazz Police is national in scope, but those of us who live in and around the Twin Cities (or travel here) appreciate the thoroughness with which it covers the local jazz scene. With Don at the helm, the calendar will continue to be a comprehensive guide to live jazz in our area. I plan to visit it often.
It's my understanding that Don will launch his calendar sometime during the last week in July. Check the Jazz Police site as that time approaches.
Musicians, keep reading.
• Starting today, send your news about upcoming gigs to email@example.com. Any jazz calendar-related email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will be forwarded to that address.
• If you value the live jazz calendar — which is free publicity for all of you — I strongly encourage you to make Don's job a little easier by letting him know about your gigs. Drop him an email once or twice a month telling him when and where you're playing, with whom, and for how much (cover charge, ticket price, tip jar?). If you think you don't have time for this, imagine how much time it takes to check the calendars on venues' websites, the calendars on individual artists' and bands' websites, and (more recently) Facebook postings and tweets. Seriously, sending Don an email won't kill you, and it will help to keep the calendar alive.
P.S. Although I will no longer be the keeper of the live jazz calendar, I write this blog (probably more often now), I write a twice-weekly arts column for MinnPost.com (it's called Artspace, and it runs on Tuesdays and Fridays), and jazz is still my first love. So feel free to keep me on your email list.