Paris: Jazz Hot Numéro 30 — February-March 1939 (First Series)
Original February-March 1939 issue of French jazz monthly Jazz Hot with American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer Count Basie (1904—1984) on the front cover. Also in this issue: Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Jimmie Lunceford, Bobby Hackett, Stuff Smith, Lionel Hampton, and Lil Armstrong. Founded in Paris in March 1935 by Charles Delaunay and Hugues Panassié, Jazz Hot is the world’s oldest jazz publication. Although the American jazz magazine Down Beat was founded four months before Jazz Hot, it was not exclusively a jazz magazine at the time. Publication of Jazz Hot was interrupted during World War II, which means there are two independent series of the magazine. The pre-World War II series, often referred to as The First Series, ran from March 1935 (Issue No. 1) to July–August 1939 (Issue No. 32). The post-World War II series began in October 1945 (Issue No. 1). While the First Series was bilingual, in French and selectively in English, the postwar series was, and still is, in French only. Jazz Hot is acclaimed for having innovated scholarly jazz criticism before and after World War II. Several of its early contributors are credited for helping to intellectualize jazz journalism and to draw attention to it from fine arts establishments and institutions. Jazz Hot has played an integral role integrating jazz into a French national identity.
17.8 x 26.5 cm, 20 pp. Trimmed paper wrapper, staple bound. Bilingual edition with text in both French and English. Light wear to spine and extremities and a vertical fold running down the middle. A one inch tear to the back wrapper. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the magazine available on request.