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

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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Singer/Composer Jazzmeia Horn Is A Double Threat On 'Love & Liberation'

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Clarinetist Ben Goldberg Unites Jazz And Poetry On 'Good Day For Cloud Fishing'

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Pianist Fred Hersch Scales Up The Intimacy On 'Begin Again'

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'The Balance': Abdullah Ibrahim Is Deeply Rooted Yet Sounds Like No One Else

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'Jazz From Detroit' Offers A Mosaic Portrait Of A Larger Scene

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Pianist George Cables Is Both Carefree And All Business On 'I'm All Smiles'

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Saxophonist Stan Getz Delivers A Barrelful Of Tenor On 'Getz At The Gate'

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Drummer Jeff Williams Matches Good Players With The Right Tunes On 'Bloom'

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Branford Marsalis Revels In Jazz's Timeless Challenges On New Album

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Jazz Film 'Bolden' Mixes Fact And Fiction To Capture A Legendary Bandleader

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Herlin Riley's Swinging, Modern Style Shines On 'Perpetual Optimism'

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Jazz Trumpeter Tom Harrell Proves To Be A Thinking Person's Soloist On 'Infinity'

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Betty Carter Concert Recording Captures The Singer At The Top Of Her Game

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Pianists Born 100 Years Ago Prove: There's No One Way To Play Jazz

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Trumpeter Steph Richards Follows Her Horn's Lead On 'Take The Neon Lights'

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