Dan Morgenstern

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

Life and work

Dan Morgenstern was born as the son of Austrian Jewish poet Soma Morgenstern in Germany, initially grew up in Vienna, but fled with his mother ( German - Danish origin ) after the occupation of Austria by the Nazis in 1938 over Denmark in the United States, 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 the journal and Jazz 1964-1973 by Down Beat ( first New York editor, then editor from 1967 ). After he had previously held occasionally lectures on jazz ( Johns Hopkins University, Brooklyn College, New York University, and others), he became in 1976 director of the Institute for Jazz Studies ( IJS ) at Rutgers University where he was from by systematically collecting musicians ' estates built one of the most important jazz collections in the world. In 2012 he went as a Director to retire. He is also the author of numerous liner notes ( for which he won eight Grammys, partly in collaboration with Loren Schoenberg ) and jazz articles in encyclopedias such as Groves Dictionary of Jazz. He is co-founder of the Jazz Institute in Chicago.

Between 1961 and 1966 he headed the jazz concerts Jazz in the Garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He also recorded as the publisher of record reissues.

As a jazz journalist was and he is also known for the New York Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Japanese Swing Journal and the British Jazz Journal operate.

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 by Joachim Ernst Berendt into English.

In 2007 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA ) (the consultant, he is since 1968 ) and 2010 Grammy for the album liner notes by The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions ( 1935-1946 ).


  • Living With Jazz, Pantheon Books 2004, ISBN 037542072X
  • The Jazz Story - An Outline History of Jazz
  • With Richard Long Louis Armstrong - A Cultural Legacy
  • Charles Graham, Whitney Balliett, 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 are parts of his memories Reminiscing in Tempo, for example, on the flight over Denmark and the 52nd Street in the 1940s, in Ken Burns, Geoffrey Ward Jazz, Econ 2001 again.