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. Currently he reviews for The Audio Beat and Point of Departure.

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 Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film (2020), 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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Trumpeter Lee Morgan channels Coltrane's splashy style in 'Live at the Lighthouse'

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Saxophonist Joel Frahm Proves Himself A Master Storyteller On 'The Bright Side'

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Newcomer Samara Joy Makes An Imposing Debut On Her Self-Titled Album

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COVID Era Produces A New Crop Of Solo Records From Jazz Instrumentalists

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'Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans' Is A Solid Introduction To An Enduring Body Of Work

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Marking The Centennial Of 2 Early Electric Guitarists: George Barnes And Mary Osborne

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Sarah Vaughan's Magnificent Voice Reigns In 'Live At The Berlin Philharmonie'

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Mario Pavone Is As Powerful As Ever On Final Albums 'Blue Vertical' And 'Isabella'

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Shabaka Hutchings' 'Black To The Future' Is A Showcase For Black British Music

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Vincent Herring Infuses Jazz With Bold Strokes And Swagger On 'Minor Swing'

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Collection Showcases 20 Years Of Louis Armstrong's Studio Work

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Tribute Album 'Law Years' Captures Ornette Coleman's Happy Bounce

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Newly Unearthed 1965 Album Represents Hasaan Ibn Ali's Posthumous Vindication

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Erwin Helfer Helps 'Celebrate The Journey' With The Chicago Boogie Ensemble

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