John S. Wilson (music critic)

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John S. Wilson
John S Wilson.jpg
Wilson, ca. 1940
Born John Steuart Wilson
(1913-01-06)January 6, 1913
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Died August 27, 2002(2002-08-27) (aged 89)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Music critic
Nationality American
Alma mater Wesleyan University
  • Catherine Beecher
  • Susan Barnes (m. 1950; d. 1981)
  • Mary Moris Schmidt (m. 1983)
Children 2

John Steuart Wilson (January 6, 1913 – August 27, 2002) was an American music critic and jazz radio host. He worked as a music critic for The New York Times for four decades, and was notably that paper's first critic to write regularly on jazz and other genres of popular music.[1]


Wilson hosted the nationally syndicated jazz performance series, The Manhattan Jazz Hour, which included the artists Phil Woods, Toots Thielemans, Dick Hyman, Sir Roland Hanna, Jim Hall, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton and other jazz luminaries. The series was taped at The Manhattan Recording Company studio in New York City in 1986 and syndicated nationally by American Public Radio. Wilson interviewed the artists, who also performed live in front of a studio audience for the series.

Wilson died in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 89.[2]