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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Remembering Interdisciplinary Composer Muhal Richard Abrams

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Albums Featuring Drummer Tom Rainey Showcase 2 Styles Of Jazz Counterpoint

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On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk's Jazz Legacy

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Jazz Pianist Harold Mabern Is In Full Command On 'To Love And Be Loved'

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Pianist Vijay Iyer Combines Complicated Rhythms With Modern Style On 'Far From Over'

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The Bill Evans Trio Plays With Spontaneity And Grace On 'Another Time'

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JD Allen Goes Free Form And Improvisational On 'Radio Flyer'

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'Ode To Billie Joe' Was A Surprise Hit That Prompted Dozens Of Jazz Versions

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Nigerian Drummer Tony Allen Revisits His Jazz Roots In A Salute To Art Blakey

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There's Plenty Of Variety On Sexmob's Scrappy 'Cultural Capital'

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The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

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Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim Proves Himself A One-Man Movement On 'Ancient Africa'

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Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Melds Jazz And Hip-Hop Beats On 'Ruler Rebel'

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Frank Carlberg's Big Band Takes Extended Flights On Familiar Monk Themes

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