Gary Giddins

Gary Giddins is an award-winning American jazz and film critic. His column “Weather Bird” appeared in The Village Voice from 1973 through 2003 and won six ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for Excellence in Music Criticism. He has also won a Peabody Award for writing (for the PBS documentary John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen) and a Grammy Award (for his liner notes to Sinatra: The Voice). His books include Riding on a Blue Note (1981), Celebrating Bird (1987), Faces in the Crowd (1992), Visions of Jazz: The First Century (1998), Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams (2001), and Jazz (2009).