When it comes to recounting of history of jazz, most book concentrate on the musicians who created this modern art form. But what of the jazz critic?
Straying from the typical role of cultural arbiter, jazz critics have been crucial figures in the promotion of the music. They’ve also acted as producers, broadcasters, managers and concert organizers.
In the new book, Blowin’ Hot and Cool UVM English professor, John Gennari, offers an original overview of the critic’s role in the story of jazz.
John Gennari lives in South Burlington. He spoke with Neal Charnoff about his book.