Kevin Whitehead Kevin Whitehead is the jazz critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Kevin Whitehead

Jazz Critic, Fresh Air

Kevin Whitehead is the jazz critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Whitehead's articles on jazz and improvised music have appeared in such publications as Point of Departure, the Chicago Sun-Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, and the Dutch daily de Volkskrant.

He is the author of Why Jazz: A Concise Guide (2010), New Dutch Swing (1998), and (with photographer Ton Mijs) Instant Composers Pool Orchestra: You Have to See It (2011).

His essays have appeared in numerous anthologies including Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006, Discover Jazz and Traveling the Spaceways: Sun Ra, the Astro-Black and Other Solar Myths.

Whitehead has taught at Towson University, the University of Kansas and Goucher College. He lives near Baltimore.

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Wayne Shorter's 'Emanon' Is An Oversized, Mixed-Media Jazz Event

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Steve Coleman Offers Looped And Layered Music On 'Live At The Village Vanguard'

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Andy Biskin And 16 Tons Revisit 'Songs From The Alan Lomax Collection'

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A College Discussion Leads To An Improvised Jam Session — And 'Seraphic Light'

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'Lost Album' Offers A Fresh Look At Peak Coltrane

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Pianist Shamie Royston Brings A Hard-Swinging Brand Of Jazz To 'Beautiful Liar'

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Reissue Of Anthony Braxton's '1991 Studio' Revives A Jazz Master's Classic

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Trumpeter Adam O'Farrill Stakes Out His Own Turf On 'El Maquech'

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon Plays With Heart On 'Dr. Quixotic's Traveling Exotics'

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'Pops Is Tops' Showcases Louis Armstrong's Rough Voice, Perfect Timing And Wit

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Recalling The Athletic Style Of Pianist And Composer Cecil Taylor

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Martial Solal Keeps His Mind And Fingers Nimble On 'My One And Only Love'

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'Final Tour' Celebrates John Coltrane's Last Go-Round With Miles Davis

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New Collection Catches Jazz Bassist Charles Mingus 'Live at Montreux 1975'

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New Releases Showcase Nina Simone's Early Years In Music

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