Dan Morgenstern

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Dan Morgenstern (left) with George Avakian at Satchmo Summer Fest, New Orleans in 2007

Dan Morgenstern (born October 24, 1929 in Munich ) is a leading American jazz researcher , historian and critic of Austrian origin.

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Dan Morgenstern was born in Germany as the son of the Austrian Jewish poet Soma Morgenstern , grew up in Vienna, but fled with his mother (of German-Danish origin) after the occupation of Austria by the National Socialists in 1938 via Denmark to the USA, where he arrived in 1947 . From 1953 to 1956 he studied at Brandeis University . 1958-1961 he wrote for Jazz Journal and was editor of Metronome in 1961 , 1962 and 1963 of Jazz magazine and between 1964 and 1973 of Down Beat (first New York editor, then from 1967 editor). After occasionally giving lectures on jazz ( Johns Hopkins University , Brooklyn College , New York University and others), he became director of the Institute for Jazz Studies (IJS) at Rutgers University in 1976 , where he systematically collected musicians' bequests built up one of the most important jazz collections in the world. In 2012 he retired as director. He is also the author of numerous liner notes (for which he received eight Grammys , partly together with Loren Schoenberg ) and of jazz articles in encyclopedias such as Grove's Dictionary of Jazz. He is co-founder of the Jazz Institute in Chicago.

Between 1961 and 1966 he directed the jazz concerts Jazz in the Garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City . He was also an editor of record reissues.

As a jazz journalist, he has also worked for the New York Post , the Chicago Sun-Times , the Japanese Swing Journal and the English Jazz Journal .

He is co-editor of the Annual Review of Jazz Studies and the book series (IJS and Scarecrow Press) Studies in Jazz . He also translated the Jazz Book of Joachim-Ernst Berendt into English.

In 2007 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) (whose advisor he has been since 1968) and in 2010 the Grammy for the album accompanying text for The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935–1946).


  • with Ole Brask Jazz People , Da Capo 1993
  • Living With Jazz , Pantheon Books 2004, ISBN 037542072X
  • The Jazz Story - An Outline History of Jazz
  • with Richard Long Louis Armstrong - A Cultural Legacy
  • with Charles Graham, Whitney Ballet, Gary Giddins, Ralph Ellison The Great Jazz Day
  • with Charles Suhor Jazz in New Orleans , Scarecrow Press 2001
  • Joachim-Ernst Berendt Story of Jazz , rororo 1997, article Swing
  • Morgenstern gives parts of his memories reminiscing in Tempo , z. E.g. the escape via Denmark and 52nd Street in the 1940s, in Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward Jazz , Econ 2001, again.

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Individual evidence

  1. Dan Morgenstern's Career: an eyewitness to Jazz , Interview, WGBO 2012 ( Memento from May 14, 2012 in the Internet Archive )