The History, Myths, Values and Practices of Jazz Journalists


Mandel offers his thoughts about the calling of the jazz journalist and critic: the skills the work requires, the responsibilities it entails, and how it enriches our experience of the music. He sees his craft as a difficult, even elusive quest: "jazz journalists . . . are so struck by the glories and multiple dimensions of the art as to need to struggle to describe what we perceive, and to understand our reactions to the sensations."

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Alan Lomax, Clef Club, Ernst-Alexandre Ansermet, Francis Davis, Frank Withers, Frederick Ramsey, George Avakian, George Shearing, Hughes Panassie, John Hammond, Leonard Feather, Mark Miller, Marshall Stearns, Olin Downes, Sidney Bechet, Toshiko Akiyoshi