We Jazz launches a new magazine bringing together contributors from such sources as Pitchfork, WIRE, Downbeat, The Quietus, Jazzwise, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, etc. Altering its title according to each issue's lead story, the first 128-page edition of the publication is entitled "World Galaxy" in connection to the cover story about Alice Coltrane written by US author Ashley Kahn. Other writers for the first issue include Phil Freeman, Debra Richards, Stewart Smith, Daniel Spicer, Peter Margasak, Andreas Müller, Matti Nives, Christian Adofo, Samy Ben Redjeb, 4AD's US Label Manager Nabil Ayers, plus more.
Topics in addition to the Alice Coltrane lead in include Sun Ra in Egypt, Scatter label profile, John Corbett, vinyl production in 2021, free jazz hero Alan Braufman, Finnish guitarist Raoul Björkenheim's jazz photos from 1976-77, a collection of European modern jazz posters, Oiro Pena, records / books / design, etc.
"We wanted to create a quality magazine with top content and a very organic feeling," says the magazine's co-editor and AD / graphic designer Matti Nives. "To us that means inviting some of our favourite writers to come up with ideas about topics they would like to cover, and linking up with great local illustrators and photographers. We hope that the end result would differ from other prints out there and provide fresh ideas in relation to the music we love."
Going forward, the English-language We Jazz Magazine is planned to be published twice a year.