Metronome (magazine)

Metronome was a music magazine published from 1881 until 1961.[1][2]

Artie Shaw on the cover of the
September 1949 issue
Categoriesmusic magazine
Year founded1881
Final issue1961
CountryUnited States

The magazine in its early years catered for musicians in marching and then dance bands, but from the swing era, Metronome focused primarily on the genre of Jazz music appealing to fans. Notable writers for the magazine were its co-editors, Leonard Feather and Barry Ulanov; Miles Davis cited them as the only two white music critics in New York to understand bebop.[3] The magazine closed in 1961.[2]

Metronome All-Stars Band

Metronome magazine conducted an annual poll during the years 1939-1961[4] to choose the musicians whom their readers considered as the top jazz instrumentalists, for that year, playing each instrument. Often, the Metronome organization recorded the all-stars on a regular basis, with recording sessions of the bands chosen in 1939-1942, 1945–1950, 1953, and 1956.[4]

In many cases, the all-stars group recorded two songs, with short solo performances, from nearly all of the participants.[4]

In 1940, Metronome magazine organized the Metronome All Star Nine, including Harry James, Jack Teagarden, Benny Carter, Jess Stacy, Charlie Christian and Gene Krupa.[5]

The all-stars band had several name variations: Metronome All Star Nine; Metronome All Stars; Metronome All Stars 1956; The Metronome All-Stars; or Metronome Allstars.[4]

See also


  1. "Dan Morgenstern oral history", Ed Berger, March 2007, webpage (PDF):smithsonianjazz-Morgenstern.
  2. Teicher, Jordan G. (11 August 2015). "Rare Photographs of Jazz Icons from the Archives of Metronome Magazine". Slate. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  3. Davis, Miles (1989). Autobiography.
  4. "Metronome All-Stars Band Discography" (overview),, 2009, webpage: Dcogs.
  5. "Jazz CDs, Pt. 1 - November 2002", John Henry, Audiophile Audition,, 2002, webpage: AA-NOV02.

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