Charles Fox (jazz critic)

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Charles Richard Jeremy Fox (1921 – 9 May 1991 in Weymouth)[1] was an English writer and broadcaster specialising in jazz.

Fox worked as the jazz critic of the New Statesman. In addition he occasionally contributed to The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Gramophone.[2] From the early 1960s onwards, he hosted the British radio programme Jazz Today.[2] and regularly contributed interviews and documentary series to BBC Radio 3. He also wrote liner notes for British jazz releases.

Fox's book on Fats Waller was published in 1960. in 1972 he authored a guide to the history of Jazz titled The Jazz Scene. Later in 1984 he wrote a jazz recording guide titled The Essential Jazz Recordings, i: Ragtime to Swing with Max Harrison and Eric Thacker.[2]


  1. ^ "The Charles Fox Collection" Archived 22 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., National Jazz Foundation Newsletter, No. 1, Spring 1996, p.3
  2. ^ a b c Gannon, Robert (1988). "Fox, Charles (Richard Jeremy)". In Barry Kernfeld. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, A to K. Macmillan Press Limited. p. 403. ISBN 0-333-39846-7. 


  • Jazz on Record (with Peter Gammond and Paul Oliver) 1960, Hutchinson
  • Jazz in Perspective, 1969, BBC
  • The Jazz Scene, 1972, Hamlyn
  • The Essential Jazz Records. Vol 1: Ragtime to Swing, 1984, Mansell