Jazzhouston.com was created in 1995 by Andrew Lienhard as part of his personal web site.
The domain name was registered the following year in cooperation with the Milt Larkin Jazz Society
and Deborah Dunlap in particular. Over the next few years the site was single-handedly managed by
both Andrew and saxophonist Kelly Dean. When Andrew moved to NYC in 1997 and until his return in 2004,
Kelly took over editorial operations. During this time, Kelly did an amazing job promoting the site,
turning it into the popular musician's destination it has become.
Meanwhile, as jazzhouston.com grew in popularity, so did the demand for content updates. It became
clear that there needed to be a better way to get information online easily. Behind-the-scenes web
dashboards were created and shared with volunteers. The site has over 40 content contributors now,
most of whom are working jazz musicians. It has become a true community project.
In Sept 2009, management of the site changed to an editorial committee. This team consists of
Pin Lim, Tianna Hall, and Henry Darragh. Pin also runs the twitter feeds and the popular Facebook page.
Andrew continues to help with all technical issues. To reach the editorial team, use the Submit link
on the site or send an email to notification @ jazzhouston.com
The site runs on LAMR: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and Ruby on Rails. It was previously a Java-based site
and before that it was Perl and C-based. The software was written from scratch by the chief nerd, the
source for which is available on GitHub.