John Corbett (writer)

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John Corbett (born 1963)[1] is a writer, musician, radio host, teacher, record producer, concert promoter, and gallery owner based in Chicago. He is best known among musicians and music fans as a champion of free jazz and free improvisation. In recent years he has become known in the visual art world as well through his Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery.

Corbett's activities include:

For many years he hosted a radio show on WHPK called Radio Dada. More recently, he has co-hosted a jazz show called Writer's Block on WNUR with fellow jazz writers Kevin Whitehead and Lloyd Sachs.


  • Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein (Duke University Press, 1994)
  • Microgroove: Forays into Other Music (Duke University Press, 2015)
  • A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation (University of Chicago Press, 2016)



  1. ^ Huey, Steve (2014). "John Corbett". AllMusic. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 

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