Writer, broadcaster, farmer, sometime musician, dad - in no particular order
I'm a former academic, Times journalist and BBC broadcaster. I presented programmes on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland, where I had my own daily live arts programme. Since resigning in 2003 - they were trying to dumb me down! - I've gone back to freelance writing and small scale farming in the wilds of Argyll. Author of various book, including 10 editions of the Penguin Guide to Jazz (eight of them with the late Richard Cook), biographies of Miles Davis, Shostakovich, Edgar Allan Poe, Woodrow Wilson and Prince! Plus some travel writing and fiction, under another name.
I play alto and soprano saxophones, or rather these days I look at them longingly, wondering if I'll have to time to play either. Too much else - land, children, endlessly changing surroundings - to be getting on with . . .