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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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2 New Albums Confirm Thelonious Monk's Genius As A Composer

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Celebrating The Lives Of 6 Jazz Greats Who Died In 2018

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Jazz Pianist Kenny Werner Shines As A Solo Act In 'The Space'

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'The Window' Showcases The Wide-Ranging Talent Of Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant

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'Amarcord Nino Rota' Returns — And It's Well Worth The Wait

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A Look Back At How Virtuoso Jimmy Blanton Changed The Bass Forever

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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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