Dan Morgenstern

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Dan Morgenstern
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Dan Morgenstern in 2012
Born (1929-10-24) October 24, 1929 (age 87)
Munich, Germany
Occupation Author, critic, librarian
Nationality U.S. citizen since 1947
Alma mater Brandeis University
Subject Jazz
Notable awards

NEA Jazz Masters

Grammy Award for Best Album Notes

Dan Morgenstern (born October 24, 1929) is a jazz critic and librarian. He's the son of Austrian Jewish poet Soma Morgenstern.

Morgenstern moved to the United States in 1947, and attended Brandeis University from 1953-1956. He wrote for jazz publication Jazz Journal from 1958–1961, and following this edited several jazz magazines: Metronome in 1961, Jazz from 1962–1963, and Down Beat from 1964-1973. He is the author of the book Jazz People and has arranged jazz concerts and lectures over the course of his career. In 1976 he was named director of Rutgers–Newark's Institute of Jazz Studies, where he continued the work of Marshall Stearns and made the Institute one of the world's largest collections of jazz documents, recordings, and memorabilia.[1]

Morgenstern is widely known as a prolific writer of comprehensive, authoritative liner notes, a sideline that has garnered him eight Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes since 1973.[2]

Morgenstern published two books: Jazz People (1976); and Living with Jazz (2004), a reader edited by Sheldon Meyer. Both were winners of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award.[3]

In 2007, Morgenstern received the A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy from the National Endowment for the Arts.[4]

Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes[edit]