Ronald Atkins

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Having discovered jazz as a teenager, I played the clarinet, not very well, in a school band. I began writing and reviewing for Jazz Monthly magazine in the late 1950s and continued on and off until it folded. In the mid-1960s I started reviewing jazz gigs for The Guardian newspaper, a job that lasted about 30 years and eventually included record reviews. I was then asked by Richard Cook to join his new magazine, Jazz Review, and have carried on since it merged with Jazz Journal. I also wrote for Jazz Express, Jazz the Magazine and Jazz on CD, while among work for non-specialist publications were record reviews for Tribune and, later, a handful of articles for the The Economist. I contributed to several books, beginning with Jazz on Record and Modern Jazz - The Essential Records and subsequently including Jazz Now, Masters of Jazz Saxophone and Rough Guide’s Jazz - 100 Essential CDs. I edited and wrote much of the copiously illustrated coffee-table tome Jazz - The Ultimate Guide.

Recent readings

Michael Feinstein – not rock but the GAS

Whilst in the US the names Michael Feinstein and Great American Songbook are interchangeable in the UK the name Michael Feinstein barely rates a...

Peggy Lee: All Aglow Again

Andrew Cyrille: The News

Obituary: Dottie Dodgion

Joe Maini – a history / 2

Emil De Waal: Vente