Carlo Wolff

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Carlo Wolff
Carlo Wolff, August 2006
Born (1943-07-22) July 22, 1943 (age 73)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Occupation Journalist, critic, pop-culture historian, speaker
Genre book reviews, music criticism, personal essays, business profiles
Spouse Karen Sandstrom
Children Lylah Rose Sandstrom Wolff
Katy Nozar

Carlo Wolff is a prolific freelance journalist who writes for publications including The Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) and The Christian Science Monitor. He specializes in music criticism, book reviews and feature articles about popular culture, travel, and business. He also specializes in reviewing graphic novels for the Globe.[1] Included among his former outlets: Goldmine and Billboard.

From February 1990 to August 2008, Wolff worked for Lodging Hospitality,[2] a Penton Media trade publication targeting the hotel industry. During his last eight years with LH, he was Features Editor. He now freelances to that publication and other trade periodicals. Wolff also maintains a blog.[3]

Wolff has been involved in three books, including The Encyclopedia of Record Producers, a 1999 Billboard publication instigated by Eric Olsen, founder of, a critical portal to which Wolff occasionally contributes. Wolff's most recent book, Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories, was published in November 2006 by Gray and Company, Publishers.[4]

In 2003, Wolff made critical waves with his take on Mitch Albom's "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." Commissioned by the Detroit Free Press, where Albom is a star columnist, it was suppressed by that newspaper and subsequently published in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and numerous other mainstream and alternative newspapers. Wolff's Albom review is reprinted in "Killed," a compilation of censored journalism,[5] put together by David Wallis, the man behind Featurewell, a journalism portal to which Wolff also occasionally contributes. The review also is archived at PoynterOnline, an interpretive journalism portal.[6]

In addition to his literary criticism, Wolff has chronicled and interpreted jazz for decades, including a long stint as the key jazz critic for The Plain Dealer.[7]

He is also vice-president of the board of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra[8] and has written liner notes and promotional material for recording companies including Fantasy, Prestige and Milestone,[9] Sony/Columbia, Warner Brothers and Blue Note. Wolff lives in South Euclid, Ohio.


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