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Gary Giddins

Jazz Critic and Author, "Jazz"

Gary Giddins is an award-winning American jazz and film critic. His column "Weather Bird" appeared in The Village Voice from 1973 through 2003 and won six ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for Excellence in Music Criticism. He has also won a Peabody Award for writing (for the PBS documentary "John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen") and a Grammy Award (for his liner notes to "Sinatra: The Voice"). He currently writes a music column for Jazz Times. His latest book, "Jazz," was published by W. W. Norton in 2009.


“Jazz Is For Joy”

Yes, jazz should be studied in the academies, says critic Gary Giddins. But if its raw emotion gets “turned into homework assignments,” its whole meaning gets lost.
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