New Content, Countries, Languages, Metadata, and Interface Features

October, 2023

In October 2023 significant new content, metadata, and user interface features will appear on RIPM Jazz Periodicals:

  • 13 new journals added, including RIPM Jazz‘s first European journals. Among these are important publications from France and Spain documenting jazz in the 1930s and 1940s, with such titles as Jazz hot (Paris, 1935-1939, first series), Jazz-tango and Jazz-tango dancing (Paris, 1930-1934), and Ritmo y melodia (Barcelona, 1944-1951). Also added will be Jazz and Jazz & Pop (New York, 1962-1971), the well-regarded magazine founded by Bob Thiele and edited successively by Dan Morgenstern, Pauline Rivelli, Patricia Kennealy, and Janice Coughlan.
  • New metadata for images. Newly added will be more than 107,000 searchable and browsable records for images, allowing more direct access to the copious amount of photography found throughout RIPM Jazz Periodicals.
  • New search and display features. To support multiple languages and image metadata, new search and browse features will be added to the interface. Additional image tools to permit 2-up display and page rotation, will also be added.

With this update, RIPM Jazz will contain 138 periodicals, over 350,000 citation records, and 204,000 full text pages. Much more is planned for RIPM Jazz in 2024!

For a complete list of journals added: 

Forthcoming for Fall 2023

August, 2023
Exciting new updates are coming in Fall 2023! Among these will be:

  • Journals from France and Spain: the first journals added to RIPM Jazz from outside of the United States
  • New American journals, including Jazz and Jazz and Pop
  • More than 107,000 newly-created citations for illustrations, largely photography, across all journals in the database

More information will be available in October. For all questions, please email 

RIPM Jazz Updated with the Addition of Six New Journals including JazzTimes

October, 2022
Six new journals have been added to RIPM Jazz Periodicals. Headlining this update is JazzTimes, a monthly magazine which was described by the New York Times as “one of the world’s leading jazz publications.” Inclusion of JazzTimes increases coverage of jazz in the latter quarter of the twentieth century and adds another major journal to the collection.

Also included in the update are the following titles:
Blue Flame (Chicago, 1970-1972)
KC Jazz (Kansas City, 1978)
Jazz Spotlite News: African American Classical Music/Jazz (New York, 1979-1980)
Wavelength (New Orleans, 1980-1991)
The Jazz Link (San Diego, 1988-1991)

RIPM Jazz Periodicals now contains 125 journals, more than 150,000 citation records, and nearly 200,000 pages. Exciting updates are planned for 2023! 

JazzTimes: Landmark Journal Forthcoming to RIPM Jazz in Fall 2022

April, 2022
RIPM is pleased to announce the addition of JazzTimes, “the flagship of the jazz press,”1 to RIPM Jazz Periodicals as part of its Fall 2022 update. The journal’s publication run will be available in full text and with full citations from 1980 through the year 2000.

JazzTimes remains “one of the most successful and influential journals of its kind.”2 The magazine was founded in 1970 by Ira Sabin as a supplemental newsletter for his Washington, D.C. record store. In 1980, after a decade of steady growth and several titles changes, Sabin settled on calling his publication, JazzTimes, at the suggestion of critic Leonard Feather. Jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie was the magazine’s first subscriber.

With the release of JazzTimes, RIPM Jazz Periodicals will contain the only available online, full-text collection of Ira Sabin’s influential titles:

Sabin’s Radio Free Jazz USA (1972-1975)
Radio Free Jazz (1975-1980)
JazzTimes (1980-2000)

1 Thomas H. Greenland, Jazzing: New York City’s Unseen Scene (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2016), 112.
2 Matt Schudel, “Drummer opened premier D.C. record store, started JazzTimes magazine”, The Washington Post, 13 September 2018.

New Search Features and Titles Added to RIPM Jazz in Significant Update

January, 2022
RIPM has completed a significant update to RIPM Jazz Periodicals which includes both new search features and new journals. Users will now have access to the following: 

Citation Search searches author and article title records. RIPM has created citation records for titled journal content, including articles, news items, columns, sheet music, and record reviews. 

Browse Tables of Contents permits users to view each journal issue’s author-title records. Each citation record is linked to the corresponding full-text journal page. 

A new, expanded help menu better assists and facilitates user experience. 

Six new titles and one with expanded coverage:
Bright Moments (Newark, NJ, 1985)
Different Drummer (Rochester, NY, 1973-1975)
Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing (Chicago, IL, 1939)
Expansions (New York, NY, 1971-1975)
Radio Free Jazz (Washington, DC, 1975-1980)
Sabin’s Radio Free Jazz! USA (Washington, DC, 1972-1975)
The Second Line (New Orleans, LA, additional years 1964-2009 added)

Click each journal’s title above for more information. 

RIPM Completes First Update to RIPM Jazz Periodicals

October, 2020
RIPM has completed the first update to RIPM Jazz Periodicals. The new titles added to the collection are:

C.R.C Newsletter (Decatur, GA, 1975-1987)
C.R.C. Jazz Journal (New Orleans, LA, 1987-1989)
Gene Lees Jazzletter (Ojai, California, 1981-2008)
Jazzbeat (New Orleans, LA, 1989-2010)
Riffs (Arlington, TX, 1977-1978)
The New Regime (Chicago, IL, 1969-1971)
Whiskey, Women, and… (Haverhill, MA, 1971-1989)

For more information about each new journal, click on ‘Fall 2020 Update’.

Seven New Titles to be Added to RIPM Jazz Periodicals in 2020

April, 2020
RIPM will expand its coverage of the American jazz press by adding seven new titles to RIPM Jazz Periodicals in 2020, bringing the total to 112 out-of-print, full-text jazz journals and magazines published from 1914 to 2010. For more information about new journals, click on ‘Forthcoming Titles’.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals: Now Available!

May, 2019
RIPM Jazz Periodicals is now available! For institutional trial and subscription information, click on ‘Request a Trial or Quote’.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals: Coming Soon!

February, 2019
After significant work and unforeseen delays, RIPM is pleased to announce a Spring 2019 release of RIPM Jazz Periodicals. The collection will debut with 105 rare, full-text periodicals published from 1914 to 2006. The collection will consist initially of American (U. S.) publications; forthcoming updates will include periodicals published in Europe and Canada.

RIPM Scans its One-Hundreth Journal for RIPM Jazz Periodicals

October, 2017
With the digitization of its one-hundredth journal, RIPM has completed processing the first installment of RIPM Jazz Periodicals, the second title in its Preservation Series. Undertaken with the collaboration of the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University, which houses the largest collection of jazz periodicals in the world, the first phase of RIPM Jazz Periodicals will consist of 100 full-text American (U.S.) journals published from the 1910s to 2000. The publication will be released in early 2019 exclusively on the RIPMPlus Platform.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals Announced

June, 2015
RIPM in collaboration with the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and RIPM Partner and Participating Libraries, will create a new publication, RIPM Jazz Periodicals. Announced at the 2015 IAML/IMS Congress in New York City, this collection will initially contain 100 full text American jazz journals published between 1920 and approximately the year 2000. Significant journals will include, among others, CadenceMississippi Rag, and Record Changer.