John Fordham is a jazz critic, writer and broadcaster who has written about jazz for over thirty years. Since 1978, he has been a jazz correspondent for The Guardian. He has contributed regularly to international music magazines, including Q and Wire, and has written an illustrated jazz history, The Sound of Jazz. His biography of Ronnie Scott, Let’s Join Hands and Contact The Living, published in 1986, met with enthusiastic reviews, as did Jazz on CD (1990), a critical survey of jazz release on compact disc. His most recent title, Jazz, was published by Quadrille in June 2015 and forms part of The Knowledge series.
John Fordham has also scripted and presented a BBC documentary celebrating 30 years of Ronnie Scott’s club, and interviewed many of the world’s finest jazz musicians for the six-part series shown on British and American television. He has acted as jazz adviser for the Arts Council of Great Britain and won the title of Jazz Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Parliamentary jazz awards.
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