NAT HENTOFF: –Hentoff was a columnist and staff writer with The Village Voice for 51 years, from 1957 until 2008. A jazz expert, Hentoff writes on music for The Wall Street Journal and Jazz Times. He has earned numerous awards and is a widely acknowledged defender of civil liberties. In 1980, he was awarded an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for his coverage of the law and criminal justice in his columns. In 1983, the American Library Association awarded him the Imroth Award for Intellectual Freedom. In 1995, he received the National Press Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism, and in 1999, he was a Pulitzer finalist for commentary.
BOB BLUMENTHAL:–Bob Blumenthal is a winner of two Grammy awards for Best Album Notes and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Jazz Journalists Association, is a former contributor to The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe and the author of Jazz: An Introduction to the History and Legends Behind America’s Music. Bob’s recently published book is “A Portrait of Sonny Rollins.”
EVERETT LONGSTRETH: –Graduating from Berklee College of Music in the 1950’s, Everett Longstreth joined and toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra. He returned to Boston and accepted a position on the faculty of Berklee as an arranging, theory, and ensemble instructor while continuing to write and perform professionally. Among writing and playing for many TV shows and shows, he was a member of the Boston-based Herb Pomeroy Band which notably performed and recorded at the famous New York City jazz club, Birdland, featuring Mr. Longstreth as a player and arranger for “Our Delight”, a Ted Dameron original and “Wolafunts Lament”, by Bill Graham.
BILL MCMANUS: –William McManus was an Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education in the School of Music, Boston University. He holds a Bmus, Boston Conservatory; MusM and EdD, Boston University. Professor McManus has taught at Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory and Fitchburg State College. A recognized leader in the Field of Music Education, he has served as President of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and President of Eastern Division of MENC: The National Association for Music Education.; The Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) has awarded Professor McManus the Lowell Mason Award and the MMEA Distinguished Service Award. McManus has been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor at music festivals throughout New England.
DICK ROBINSON: Dick Robinson, in addition to being a radio and TV personality, is President of Robinson Media, which has owned New England radio stations and Robinson Media Satellite Division. Dick is Founder and former Chairman of Connecticut School of Broadcasting, the nation’s oldest and largest group of communication schools, with 13 locations. Dick also hosts “Dick Robinson’s American Standards by the Sea,” an internationally syndicated two-hour radio show as well as the Founder and President of ‘The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook’.
ADI YESHAYA: -Adi Yeshaya: is an Israeli-born arranger, is on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he teaches in the Contemporary Writing and Production department. Recently he arranged material for Common Thread, a big band CD release by Amanda Carr and the Kenny Hadley Big Band. He is credited as an arranger/producer on a long list of projects, including recordings by Aretha Franklin and Lena Horne. His charts have been performed by artists such as Whitney Houston, Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Doc Severinsen and ensembles such as the Scotland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and Jazzaar (Aarau, Switzerland). He’s also composed music for TV and film.
JACK WOKER: – For nearly 30 years, Jack Woker’s Stereo Jack’s Records in Cambridge, Mass. has been the go-to -place in the Boston area for new and used jazz, blues, soul, and big band vinyl and CD recordings, especially hard-to-find collectables. For decades, he and his staff have inspected and evaluated new and used records for sale, and fielded customer questions and held court on numerous musical topics. To customers, he is the Wikipedia for jazz and big band lovers. Between the years 1982-2000, Jack’s voice was a familiar one to Boston area radio listeners. He hosted Jazz Celebrations on WMBR-FM from 1982-1989, and held forth every Saturday night on WGBH-FM, hosting The Jazz Gallery from 1988 until 2000. With the expiration of his lease and the building owner’s plans to move their pizza business into the space, Jack has decided to retire. Fortunately for ABBPS, his knowledge of the big bands, their recordings and personnel. will be an important resource for the website.
MONK ROWE: Monk Rowe is the Joe Williams Director of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive, a position he has held since its inception in 1995. The archive holds a collection of 300+ videotaped interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics. The collection generally focuses on artists associated with mainstream jazz and the swing era. Members of bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and the Dorsey brothers are well represented. The archive web site, www.hamilton.edu/jazzarchive, has information regarding access to this historical resource. Monk is an accomplished saxophonist, pianist and composer. His jazz ensemble charts have been performed by ensembles at Syracuse University, Ithaca College and several N.Y. State SUNY schools. Monk’s 1999 CD “Jazz Life” featured big band artists Bill Watrous, Dennis Mackerel and the late Jerome Richardson. His website, www.monkrowe.com, includes access to his blog “Jazz Backstory – Adventures in the Jazz Archive” www.jazzbackstory.blogspot.com