Gary Giddins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Giddins speaking at an American Library Association conference in Chicago, 2009.

Gary Giddins is an American jazz critic and author.[1] He wrote for The Village Voice from 1973;[1] his "Weather Bird" column ended in 2003.[2] In 1986 Gary Giddins and John Lewis created the American Jazz Orchestra which presented concerts using a jazz repertory with musicians such as Tony Bennett.[2]

For five years, Giddins was the executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[2]

Selected works[edit]


  • Riding on a Blue Note (1981)
  • Rhythm-a-ning (1985)
  • Celebrating Bird (1987)
  • Satchmo (1988)
  • Faces in the Crowd (1992)
  • Visions of Jazz: The First Century (1998)
  • Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams - The Early Years, 1903-1940 (2001)
  • Weather Bird (2004)
  • Natural Selection (2006)
  • Jazz (2009)
  • Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema (2010)
  • Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star - The War Years, 1940-1946 (2018)


  • 1987 Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker
  • 1990 Masters of American Music: Satchmo - Louis Armstrong aka Satchmo
  • 2000 Contributor of interviews throughout the 10 part PBS series, Jazz by Ken Burns.
  • 2014 Bing Crosby RediscoveredAmerican Masters


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Gary Giddins". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Giddens, Gary. "Gary Giddens". Gary Giddens. Retrieved 2020-05-08.

External links[edit]