Doug Ramsey

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Doug Ramsey (born October 3, 1934 ) is an American journalist and jazz writer.


Doug Ramsey, who has worked as a journalist in the print media and on the radio in New York , New Orleans , San Francisco , Los Angeles , Seattle , Portland , San Antonio , Cleveland, and Washington, DC , made his mark as the author of the biographies Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond and Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of its Makers a name. He has written for Downbeat magazine and since 1975 for Jazz Times ; besides, he was co-editor of Texas Monthly for 25 years (in which he wrote about the Texas jazz scene, among other things) and had a regular jazz column in the Dallas Morning News . He also wrote articles and reviews, etc. a. for The Washington Post , The Seattle Times , The Los Angeles Times , The Oregonian and Congressional Quarterly, as well as a number of liner notes , e.g. E.g. for albums by Chet Baker , Art Blakey , Jaki Byard , Vince Guaraldi , Jim Hall , Morgana King , Anita O'Day , Oscar Peterson , Fats Waller , Cedar Walton or Jessica Williams . With Dale Shaps he edited the book Journalism Ethics: Why Change? out, held courses in Germany and Eastern Europe on jazz and the role of press freedom in democracy. As Senior Vice President of FACS ( Foundation for American Communications ) he taught journalists. In 2007 his novel Poodie James was published . He lives in the northwestern United States. Ramsey writes regularly about jazz on his blog Rifftides .


Ramsey received two ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for his Desmond book Take Five and for an essay on Bill Evans in the liner notes to The Secret Sessions . He also received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Jazz Journalists Association .


  • Journalism Ethics: Why Change? , edited by Doug Ramsey and Dale Ellen Shaps. Los Angeles Foundation for American Communications, 1986.
  • Jazz Matters Reflections on the Music & Some of Its Makers (preface: Gene Lees ). Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 1989. ISBN 1-55728-060-6
  • Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond . Foreword by Dave Brubeck and Iola Brubeck. Parkside Publications, Seattle, 2005. ISBN 0-9617266-7-9
  • Poodie James , Libros Libertad Publishing Ltd 2007. ISBN 0-9781865-6-7

Individual evidence

  1. Doug Ramsey on Leon Breeden in Texas Monthly
  2. Doug Ramsey: Blowing in the Windes - Texas Tenor Men. In: Texas monthly, 1975.
  3. Doug Ramsey at Discogs (English)
  4. a b portrait in Rifftides
  5. Rifftides
  6. Information at The Jazz Session (2008)