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Dan Morgenstern

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Birthdate: October 24, 1929
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Occupation: Author, critic, librarian
Nationality: U.S. citizen since 1947
Alma mater: Brandeis University

Dan Morgenstern (born October 24, 1929, Munich, Germany) is a jazz critic and librarian.

Morgenstern moved to the United States in 1947, and attended Brandeis University from 1953 to 1956. He wrote for jazz publication Jazz Journal from 1958 to 1961, and following this edited several jazz magazines: Metronome in 1961, Jazz from 1962 to 1963, and Down Beat from 1964 to 1973. He is the author of the book Jazz People and has arranged jazz concerts and lectures over the course of his career. In 1976 he was named director of Rutgers-Newark's Institute of Jazz Studies, where he continued the work of Marshall Stearns and made the Institute one of the world's largest collections of jazz documents, recordings, and memorabilia.[1]

ARTICLE: RADIO

October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes

Read "October Birthdays Featuring Art Blakey & Anita O'Day Centennial Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Indeed--October jazz birthdays. This week's show honoring the 90th birthday of Dan Morgenstern, as well as honoring the memory of Lorraine Gordon (who would have been 97 on Oct. 15th). Centennial salutes for Art Blakey, Anita O'Day and Babs Gonzales. Significant others include Zoot Sims, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Illinois Jacquet, Norman Simmons, Roy ...

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The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival celebrates Newark author Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50

The TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival celebrates Newark author Amiri Baraka’s “Blues People” at 50

Past and present journeys of all kinds – spiritual, professional, musical and cultural—intersected at the Newark Museum, where poet and playwright Amiri Baraka was honored and musician Craig Harris was featured during NJPAC’s TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival. The celebrated Newark author was there in recognition of his seminal exploration of African-American music and ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Mingus Speaks

Read "Mingus Speaks" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Mingus Speaks John F. Goodman 329 pages ISBN: 978-0-520-27523-2 University of California Press 2013 Many are the books written about bassist/composer and bandleader Charles Mingus--one of the most influential jazz figures of the post-war years. His own autobiographical work, Beneath the Underdog (Knopf, 1971) was a sprawling, boiling stew ...

ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Inside the 5th NEA Jazz Masters Awards

Read "Inside the 5th NEA Jazz Masters Awards" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

The 32nd class of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters was formally inducted on January 14, 2013. Numbering just four, this was the smallest class since the threesome of 2003. The following year, new NEA Chairman Dana Gioia upped the ante to six and added the new category of the A. B. Spellman ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend

Read "Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Woody HermanBlue Flame--Portrait Of A LegandJazzed Media 2012Born on May 16, 1913, Woodrow Charles “Woody" Herman is the subject of this feature-length documentary, produced by Jazzed Media's Graham Carter in association with Al Julian's The Woody Herman Society in recognition of the clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, bandleader and American ...

Tommy Flanagan / Jaki Byard: The Magic Of 2

Read "Tommy Flanagan / Jaki Byard: The Magic Of 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

San Francisco's famed Keystone Korner shuttered its doors in 1983, but it's getting more press today than plenty of clubs that are still serving up jazz. In the past two years alone, a previously unreleased live recording of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard--Pinnacle (Resonance, 2011)--launched Resonance Records' Keystone Korner Live Discoveries series, photographer Kathy Sloane released Keystone Korner: ...

ARTICLE: DAN'S DEN

Every Now and Den

Read "Every Now and Den" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists

Read "Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in Bassists" reviewed by Fradley Garner

Guitarist Tomas Janzon Basks in BassistsPlayers who lead trios and duos featuring a bassist tend to stick with one. Tomas Janzon is happy with Essiet Essiet, 56, drummer Art Blakey's last bassist.Yet, “There are so many extraordinary bassists in New York," the Big Apple-based Swedish guitarist tells me, “that I am happy ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat

Read "Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat" reviewed by Fradley Garner

Shakespeare's Sonnets Sung to a Jazz Beat“If music be the food of love, play on." And while you're at it, set 16 of Shakespeare's sonnets to music, and play and sing them to a jazz beat. Which, by my troth, is exactly what Caroll Vanwelden has done. The comely Belgian pianist wanted to produce ...


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