Scott Yanow

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Scott Yanoff
Born (1954-10-04) October 4, 1954 (age 59)
New York, United States
Occupation Writer, music critic

Scott Yanoff (born 4 October 1954) is an American jazz commentator, known for many contributions to the AllMusic website, for writing ten books on jazz and for reviewing jazz recordings for more than 30 years.[1] He has often referred to himself as "one of the most prolific jazz record reviewers in history".[2]


Born in New York, Yanoff grew up near Los Angeles wanting to be a jazz journalist, discovering 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, Yanoff became the jazz editor for Record Review, being a major participant in all thirty three of its issues. Since Record Review closed in June 1964, Yanoff 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, Yanoff was interviewed on-camera by CNN about the Monterey Jazz Festival and by Arts & Entertainment for their televised American Masters biography on Dizzy Gillespie.

Yanoff 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, becoming sole editor. He is one of the most prolific jazz record reviewers in history. He continues to contribute to the Allmusic website.

In addition to his work for the All Music Guide to Jazz, Yanoff has written ten books on jazz (see bibliography below).

Yanoff has penned more than 600 liner notes for many record labels. He has also written artist biographies and press releases for record labels, public relations firms and individual artists.

Yanoff 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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