Scott Yanow

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Scott Yanow
Born (1954-10-04) October 4, 1954 (age 68)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationWriter, music critic

Scott Yanow (born October 4, 1954) is an American jazz reviewer, historian, and author.[1][2][3]


Yanow was born in New York City and grew up near Los Angeles.[1][4]

Since 1974, he was a regular reviewer of many jazz styles and was the jazz editor for Record Review. He wrote for many jazz and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene. In September 2002, Yanow was interviewed on-camera by CNN about the Monterey Jazz Festival[5] and wrote an in-depth biography on Dizzy Gillespie for[1] He authored 12 books on jazz (including 2022's Life Through The Eyes Of A Jazz Journalist), over 900 liner notes for CDs and over 20,000 reviews of jazz recordings.[6]

Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, "Syncopated Times," "Jazz Artistry Now," the Jazz Rag and New York City Jazz Record.

Yanow has produced a series of CDs for the Allegro record label. He also hosted a regular radio show (Jazz After Hours) for KCSN-FM, and worked as the jazz listings editor for the Los Angeles Times.



  • Duke Ellington (November 1999) ISBN 1-56799-855-0
  • Swing (April 2000) ISBN 978-0-87930-600-7
  • Bebop (August 2000) ISBN 978-0-87930-608-3
  • Afro-Cuban Jazz (December 2000) ISBN 978-0-87930-619-9
  • Trumpet Kings: The Players Who Shaped the Sound of Jazz Trumpet (August 2001) ISBN 978-0-87930-640-3
  • Classic Jazz (December 2001) ISBN 978-0-87930-659-5
  • Jazz on Film, The Complete History of the Musicians and Music Onscreen (October 2004) ISBN 978-0-87930-783-7
  • Jazz on Record – The First Sixty Years (October 2003) ISBN 978-0-87930-755-4
  • Jazz: A Regional Exploration (February 28, 2005) ISBN 978-0-31332-871-8
  • The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide (September 2008) ISBN 978-0-87930-825-4
  • The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide (April 2013) ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6
  • Life Through The Eyes Of A Jazz Journalist - My Music Memoirs (April 2022) ISBN 978-1-95832-402-8

Contributions to magazines

Contributions to record labels


  1. ^ a b c Allmusic Biography
  2. ^ "Scott Yanow". discogs. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "A conversation with Scott Yanow and all about West Coast Jazz". Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "SCOTT YANOW". September 15, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Carey, Matthew. " - A home for jazz in Monterey - Sep. 18, 2002". CNN. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Page Title". Retrieved March 31, 2017.

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