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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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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All The Parts Fit Together Like Clockwork On Allison Miller's 'Glitter Wolf'

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'Newest Sound You Never Heard' Revisits The Music Of Jeanne Lee And Ran Blake

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Line Between Good And Bad Taste Blurs On Oscar Peterson's 'Motions & Emotions'

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Eric Dolphy's 'Musical Prophet' Reissue Is Both Adventurous And Catchy

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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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