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OPINION

Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance

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Nat Hentoff's passing last week left me feeling, well, old. Whenever we lose a mentor--a grandparent, a teacher, someone who encouraged us--it's a reminder of our own mortality, that we are, in the parlance of football coaches, the next ones up. I don't feel anywhere near to ready or worthy or capable of assuming even a sliver of Hentoff's prodigious mantle, and yet the only way to honor a mentor is take up their work and carry it ...

INTERVIEW

Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010. Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In that moment was born a love affair with jazz which has lasted seventy-four years thus far. At nineteen, Hentoff was hosting his own jazz ...

OPINION

A giant of jazz journalism silenced

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Nat Hentoff was an old-school intellectual whose favorite topic--whose very touchstone--was, throughout his life, jazz. At one point in the 1990s, Hentoff--who passed of natural causes on Jan. 7--announced that he was giving up writing about jazz to focus on topics that seemed more critical--free speech and civil liberties, which he felt were under constant attack from all ends of the political spectrum. And while he continued to advocate for free speech and civil liberties for the rest ...

BOOK REVIEWS

At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene

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At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene Nat Hentoff Hardcover; 246 pages ISBN: 978-0-520-26113-6 University California Press 2010 The photograph which adorns the jacket of Nat Hentoff's At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene--a collection of articles, interviews and reviews--couldn't be more appropriate. It depicts Louis Armstrong blowing his trumpet to the sky in an apparent state of rhapsody, ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Boston Boy: Growing Up with Jazz

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Boston Boy Nat Hentoff Paul Dry Books ISBN: 096796752X


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