Stanley Crouch, Jazz Historian and Critic, Dead at 74

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The 2019 NEA Jazz Master wrote a number of books and penned the liner notes for a number of iconic jazz albums

Stanley Crouch
Stanley Crouch (Mario Ruiz/The LIFE Images Collection through Getty Images/Getty Images)

Stanley Crouch, the creator finest identified for his crucial writing on this planet of jazz, died right now after years of well being points, NPR reports. His spouse Gloria Nixon-Crouch introduced the information. He was 74.

Crouch turned a workers author for The Village Voice in 1979 and was there till 1988. He was printed by quite a few publications, together with Harper’s, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. He was a founding father of the Lincoln Jazz Center.

He was the recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant and named an NEA Jazz Master in 2019. He was an advisor and frequent presence in Ken Burns’ Jazz. He wrote the liner notes for dozens of iconic jazz albums, together with releases by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, and Chick Corea. His books embrace Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979-1989, a biography of Charlie Parker known as Kansas City Lightning,  and the gathering Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz. He wrote two novels and a number of performs.

“Each generation has a moment, or an embodiment, of hard-earned integrity and the keenest insight,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. once wrote. “Among our generation of writers, Stanley Crouch is that moment.”



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