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How long has YJGG been going ...?

The group originally started out in 1995 on a LISTSERV® based in Germany.The founder Alisdair MacRae Birch and some of the original members were members of a Jazz Guitar Dial-Up Bulletin Board which ran from 1982-1988. JAZZGUITAR-L, initially was a way for Jazz Guitarists living in Europe to connect with one another. Growing out of the great European Jazz Guitar scene, it became very popular, with artists and fans alike. Our membership list expanded very quickly and added many professional guitarists and studio players.

On Sept 2, 1999, with the demise and constant overloading of our server we decided to move the group to eGroups and were called the jazzguitar list. In late 1999 eGroups merged with OneList and the combined company decided to use the eGroups name. In April, 2000, the OneList name disappeared from the merged entity, and all lists formerly housed on the OneList service officially became "eGroups". As part of that merger we had to change our name to the jazz_guitar list (note the underscore).

On June 28, 2000 Yahoo announced that it was going to acquire eGroups. The merger became complete in early January 2001 and so now the group is on Yahoo Groups and known as the Yahoo! Jazz Guitar Group (jazz_guitar).


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