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In addition to writing comics, Harvey’s been a jazz critic since 1959 starting with The Jazz Review, which was his “favorite jazz magazine of all time and short-lived.” He’s also written hundreds of articles for Jazz Times, DownBeat, The Village Voice, as well as liner notes for Verve and other labels. Here, for The Pekar Project’s first special feature (comics run every other Monday with “extra” in between) Harvey offers his list of “a top ten, not the top ten” jazz innovators, his reasons for choosing them, and an album recommendation. As a bonus, Tara Seibel and Sean Pryor, two Pekar Project artists, drew portraits just for this piece.



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