Gary Giddins

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Giddins speaking at an American Library Association conference in Chicago, 2009.

Gary Giddins (born 1948) 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
  • 1999: Contributed to the documentary Barry Harris: The Spirit of Bebop. Giddins (& others) described how Harris developed and maintained an appreciation for Bebop and became a force to engage so many people in a deep love and commitment to music performance.
  • 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 (27 November 2012). "Gary Giddens". Gary Giddens. Retrieved 2020-05-08.

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