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Gary W. Kennedy

(Francis )

(b New York, April 27, 1952). American writer. He began listening to jazz while working towards a masters degree in American literature and culture at Syracuse University (MA 1978). Later he contributed to Cadence (1979–93), Coda (1980–95), Musician (1982–5, 1990–91), Jazz Times (1983–6), Down Beat (1985–95), Ear (late 1980s), Pulse (1989–95), the Village Voice (1991–5), and CD Review (1993–4), and also maintained an association with Baltimore’s weekly City Paper (1981–92); in 1987 he became jazz critic for the NPR program “Fresh Air.” In the early 1990s he compiled an American discography for Joachim-Ernst Berendt’s Das Jazzbuch: Entwicklung und Bedeutung der Jazzmusik (Brooklyn, NY, rev. 6/1992; Eng. trans., by J. Berendt and G. Huesman, New York, 1992, as The Jazz Book), and for the Village Voice he wrote a notable essay in which he endeavored to provide a new descriptive framework for the various styles of jazz which have been lumped together under the rubric “avant garde.” From ...

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Alex Harris Stein

(Alan )

(b Bronx, NY, Oct 4, 1954). American writer. A jazz enthusiast from a young age, he became in 1977 the jazz editor of Record Review, a position which he held for the publication’s entire lifespan (1977–84). Since then, he has contributed to many jazz periodicals, including Downbeat, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Cadence, Coda, the Mississippi Rag, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and the Jazz Rag. He was a contributor to the first edition of All Music Guide to Jazz (San Francisco, 1994), a co-editor of and contributor to the second edition (San Francisco, 1996), and the sole editor of the third edition (San Francisco, 1998), to which he contributed thousands of additional reviews spanning recordings from throughout the 20th century. He has also written 11 books on jazz and hundreds of disc notes, produced a series of albums for Allegro, and hosted a radio show, “Jazz after Hours.”...