Scott Yanow

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Scott Yanow
Born (1954-10-04) October 4, 1954 (age 60)
New York, United States
Occupation Writer, music critic

Scott Yanow (born October 4, 1954) is an American jazz reviewer, historian and author. He has written 11 books on jazz, reviewed over 20,000 recordings and been active since the mid-1970s.[1]


Born in New York, Yanow grew up near Los Angeles. He discovered Dixieland in the Danny Kaye movie The Five Pennies and on a daily radio show while in high school. He soon broadened his tastes to the swing idiom and in college, after purchasing a Charlie Parker album that included "White Christmas" (which made it easier for him to appreciate bebop), he soon developed a strong taste and musical curiosity for all eras of jazz, from dixieland to the avant-garde, Fusion to modern jazz.[1]

Shortly after graduating from college, Yanow became the jazz editor for Record Review, being a major participant in all thirty three of its issues. Since Record Review closed in June 1984, Yanow has written for many jazz magazines and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. In recent times, Yanow was interviewed on-camera by CNN about the Monterey Jazz Festival and by Arts & Entertainment for their televised American Masters biography on Dizzy Gillespie.

Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He contributed thousands of additional CD reviews to the third edition. He is one of the most prolific jazz record reviewers in history. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, the Jazz Rag and Inside Jazz.

In addition to writing over 700 liner notes, Yanow has written eleven books on jazz (see bibliography below), and written artist biographies and press releases for record labels, public relations firms and individual artists.

Yanow has produced a series of CDs for the Allegro record label, worked as a consultant to other labels about their reissue projects, hosted a regular radio show (Jazz After Hours) for KCSN-FM, and worked as the jazz listings editor for the Los Angeles Times.


Contributions to magazines
Contributions to record labels


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