Albert L. Murray was an American writer, born in Alabama and educated at Tuskeegee and NYU. He spent 20 years in the Air Force and only then began his career as a writer. A close friend and artistic collaborator with both Ralph Ellison and Romare Beardon, Murray was an extremely influential thinker; as Henry Louis Gates wrote in The New Yorker in 1996, "This is Albert Murray's century, we just live in it."His non-fiction writings include works of social and music criticism. He helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.
Photo: Nancy Miller Elliott, 1982, courtesy Institute for Jazz Studies, Rutgers University