Richard Abowitz: Richard Abowitz has written for literary periodicals such as The Kenyon Review, but he is best know for contributing music writing to Rolling Stone for more than a decade. He also was an editor at the award winning culture magazine Gadfly. Abowitz is currently a contributing editor at Las Vegas Weekly as well as author of the Vegas blog and print column “Movable Buffet” for The Los Angeles Times.

Scott Albin: Scott Albin is a contributing writer to JazzTimes, and has also written for Down Beat as well as such long-forgotten publications as Changes, Zygote and The Herald. He was an active member of the old New York City promotional organization Jazz Interactions, and worked for many years in publishing in NYC, where he haunted the many jazz clubs and lofts. Now he resides in South Florida, where opportunities to hear live jazz are to be cherished, not yawned at.

Rob Bamberger: Robert Bamberger is creator, producer, and host of WAMU 88.5’s vintage jazz show, Hot Jazz Saturday Night, which began airing in 1980, and a leading expert on traditional jazz styles.

Bob Blumenthal: Bob Blumenthal has written jazz criticism for numerous publications since 1969, won two Grammy awards for best album notes and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Journalists Association. He is also the author Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America’s Music (HarperCollins/Smithsonian, 2007).

Thomas Cunniffe: Thomas Cunniffe is a free-lance jazz writer currently residing in Denver, Colorado. He has written liner notes for CDs on the Concord Jazz, Eaglear, Stash and Natasha Imports labels. Presently, he is completing a full-length study of the recordings of the Marty Paich Dek-tette. Comments may be directed to him at

Marissa Dodge: Marissa Dodge is a musician (piano and voice), composer, lyricist, writer, and poet. Her songs have been recorded by award winning artists and she’s collaborated with world class composers, arrangers, and musicians. She writes profiles, liner notes, and website content for her company, A Way With Words, and has three collections of poetry and short stories set to be published. Her solo recordings are forthcoming. Her web site is

David Franklin: David Franklin, a saxophonist, has taught jazz history and performance at the university level, hosted jazz radio programs, edited a magazine for jazz journalists, and written articles and reviews for numerous jazz and non-jazz publications. He is at present a contributing writer for Cadence magazine.

Ted Gioia: Ted Gioia is the author of six books on music, including The History of Jazz and West Coast Jazz. His latest book, Delta Blues, published by W.W. Norton, is a detailed study of blues music in the Mississippi Delta. He has also recorded three compact disks as a leader, produced recording sessions, and helped establish the Jazz Studies program at Stanford University. His personal web site is

Steve Greenlee: Steve Greenlee is an editor and jazz writer with The Boston Globe, and a contributing writer for Jazz Times. He grew up listening to Smiths, the Cure and Depeche Mode but eventually found religion in Bitches Brew and Kind of Blue. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children, annoying them with obscure Sun Ra recordings.

Nat Hentoff: Nat Hentoff has been a leading presence in the jazz world for more than five decades, and his principled advocacy for the art form resulted in his becoming the first non-musician to win the prestigious NEA Jazz Master award. Hentoff’s jazz books include the pioneering oral history Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya (1955), The Jazz Makers (1957), The Jazz Life (1961) and Jazz Is (1976). He previously served as an associate editor of Downbeat, and his writing was regularly featured in The Village Voice from 1959 through 2009.

Todd S. Jenkins: Todd S. Jenkins’ writings have appeared in Down Beat, All About Jazz, Signal To Noise, American Songwriter, Route 66 Magazine, Weird California (Sterling Books, 2006) and The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues” (Watson-Guptill, 2005). He is the author of Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2004), I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus (Praeger, 2006), and the upcoming Music of the Jazz Age (Greenwood Press, 2008) and Equinox: The Music of John Coltrane (Praeger, 2008). He lives in the jazz netherworld of San Bernardino, California, with his wife and two sons.

Willard Jenkins: Jenkins has long made his mark in the jazz community, contributing to the art form as producer, presenter, journalist, broadcaster, educator, arts consultant, and arts administrator. Be on the lookout for his work with pianist Randy Weston on the pianist’s autobiography African Rhythms, which will be published later this year. You can read more about Jenkins and his various activities at Open Sky Jazz.

Chris Kelsey: Chris Kelsey is a writer and editor for He has been writing about jazz for around 15 years, and playing it a lot longer. He started writing for Cadence and the Bay Area-based magazine Jazz Now. More recently his writing has been seen in JazzTimes and, among other places. As a player (a soprano saxophonist, mainly), Kelsey has released CDs on several labels.

Bill Kirchner: Bill Kirchner is a saxophonist, composer-arranger, bandleader, record and radio producer, jazz historian, and educator. He has received Grammy and NAIRD Indie awards for his work as a liner-notes annotator. He is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Jazz and A Miles Davis Reader and teaches in the jazz programs at The New School, Manhattan School of Music, and New Jersey City University.

Mark Lomanno: A doctoral student in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas-Austin, Mark’s research focuses on jazz, globalization and local identities. As a performing musician and scholar, Mark has specialized in Afro-Latin jazz, and has done fieldwork in Cuba and Brazil. While studying in the Jazz History and Research program at Rutgers University Newark, Mark was active in the New York City performance scene and managed a jazz club in Harlem. In addition to writing for, Mark is a contributing editor for the forthcoming Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latin Music and is featured on the recently released DVD, Cuba: Rhythm in Motion.

Eugene Marlow: Eugene Marlow has composed jazz and classical pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and big band. He is also a professor at Baruch College, where he co-chairs the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert series.

Marc Myers: Marc Myers is a jazz writer and historian who blogs daily on significant jazz recordings and artists at He is principal of Marc Myers LLC, an editorial and marketing consulting firm in New York City, and is the author of three books.

Stuart Nicholson: Stuart Nicholson is a jazz writer and historian. He is the author of Is Jazz Dead?, Ella Fitzgerald, Reminiscing in Tempo: A Portrait of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Jazz: The 1980s Resurgence.

Eric Novod: Eric Novod, a graduate of the Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University, also writes for Modern Drummer and the upcoming Musicians and Composers of the Twentieth Century (Grove Press) and The Encyclopedia of African American Music. He has taught “Rock Music and American Culture” at Rutgers University, “The History of Jazz” at Brookdale Community College, and teaches private drum lessons in the New York/New Jersey area. He is currently the drummer for Hellcat Records recording artist Westbound Train; Alex Brumel, The Mill Stone, and MIX, among others. Eric can be reached at or

Eric B. Olsen: Eric B. Olsen is a many of many talent. He is an author of popular mysteries, an expert on film noir, and mastermind of The Hard Bop Homepage, a stylish virtual gathering place for lovers of 1950s and 1960s jazz.

Ted Panken: Ted Panken writes about jazz and creative music for Down Beat and Jazziz, among other outlets, and has broadcast it on New York’s WKCR-FM since 1985. He received the 2007 Deems Taylor Award for Jazz Feature Writing.

Tomas Peña: Tomas Peña is co-editor of the Latin Jazz Network, and a contributor to many web-sites, including Latin Jazz Network, All About Jazz. Latin Jazz Alive, Mundo Afro, Lucumi Productions and He also produces and hosts Under the Radar on public radio WFDU 89.1.

Thierry Quénum: Thierry Quénum lives in Paris, France, and has been contributing to Jazz Magazine for 20 years, and to Jazzit for 3 years. He also serves as a jury member for the Django D’Or (France) and the European Jazz Prize (Austria). Beside these jazz gigs, he has a day job teaching French literature in upper high schools around Paris.

Mark Saleski: Mark Saleski is a regular contributor to, and also a music reviewer at Blogcritics.

arnold jay smith: arnold jay smith is a former editor with Down Beat and has also served with Variety and Cashbox and written for Billboard, Jazz Time and The New York Times. He has taught widely and has created the Jazz Insights© program which he has brought to New York University and the New School for Social Research.

Patrick Spurling: Working toward his doctorate at the University of Zurich, Spurling currently teaches ensemble classes at the Zurich International School. A graduate in performance and composition from the Juilliard School, Spurling studied conducting at Stanford University where teaching duties included the Stanford Jazz Ensemble.

Michael J. West: Michael J. West is a jazz obsessive and contributing writer to Washington City Paper, JazzTimes, The Onion DC, The Village Voice, and; his work has also appeared in the Monterey County Weekly and the East Bay Express. He currently resides under a mountain of compact discs in Washington, D.C.

Tim Wilkins: Tim Wilkins is a frequent contributor to, and the editor of’s Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians.

Brendan Wolfe: Brendan Wolfe is a writer and editor in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is at work on a book about Bix Beiderbecke. He also edits The Beiderbecke Affair, a blog about Bix, music, literature, and history.