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Morgenstern, Dan (Michael)locked

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(b Munich, Oct 24, 1929). American writer. He grew up in Vienna, but left in 1938 and spent the next nine years as a refugee in Denmark and Sweden. After moving to the USA in 1947 he studied history at Brandeis University (1953–6). From 1958 to 1961 he was the New York correspondent for Jazz Journal. He then served as editor of Metronome (1961), Jazz (1962–3), and Down Beat (New York editor, 1964–6, editor 1966–73) magazines; during the 1960s he also produced jazz concerts in New York and for television. In the mid-1970s he held appointments as visiting lecturer in jazz at Brooklyn College and the Peabody Institute, and in 1976 he became director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, in which capacity he has worked as an editor of the Journal of Jazz Studies (from 1982 the Annual Review of Jazz Studies). Morgenstern considers his writing of album notes to be an important part of his work, and he won Grammy awards for his contributions in 1973, 1974, 1976, and 1981. In addition to the book Jazz People (New York, 1976), which received the ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award in 1977, he has published articles in numerous newspapers and periodicals and translated and edited Joachim Berendt’s Das neue Jazzbuch (1962); hosted longstanding radio shows on the Pacifica network (“The Scope of Jazz,” 1962–6) and WBGO in Newark, New Jersey (“Jazz from the Archives,” from 1979); and produced a collectors’ edition of 100 LPs for the Franklin Mint Record Society (“The Greatest Jazz Recordings of All Time,” 1981–6). (B. Rosenberg and E. Goldstein: The Creators and Disturbers: Reminiscences by Jewish Intellectuals of New York, New York, 1982)