- William Kirk Bares
(b Los Angeles, CA, Dec 14, 1945). American critic, syndicated columnist, educator, and novelist. Described as a celebrated cultural conservative, Crouch rejects the term in favor of “radically pragmatic.” He is a longtime champion of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, for whom he has written all album liner notes since 1982. He also served as a consultant for jazz programming at Lincoln Center (since 1987) and for Ken Burns’s Jazz (2001). He worked as a staff writer for the Village Voice (1979–88) and has served as syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News since 1995. He has contributed to Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Down Beat, and JazzTimes, among others. Among his awards are a Whiting Writers Award in 1991, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant in 1993, a Fletcher Fellowship in 2005, and induction into the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. His essay collections ...