Interview: Dan Morgenstern

Today’s interview, a great two-parter from 2007 with Dan Morgenstern, director (now emeritus) of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, comes courtesy of Marc Myers at From the introduction:

“For those unfamiliar with Dan, he humbly describes himself as a “jazz advocate.” In truth, he’s one of the nation’s most respected jazz historians and authors as well as an archivist, editor and educator who has been active in jazz since 1958. As director of Rutgers’ Institute of Jazz Studies, he is responsible for the world’s largest collection of jazz-related materials. In addition to being jazz’s man of letters, the 78-year-old Morgenstern is a genuinely nice guy with an unbridled passion for the joy jazz brings.”

In Part 1 Dan discusses the IJS Louis Armstrong collection, what it takes to write liner notes, a couple of dicey moments with jazz musicians over the years, and why critics must remain objective:

In Part 2 Dan  talks about the rise of drugs in jazz—and the factors that allowed rock to replace jazz as America’s most popular music. Dan also recommends seven essential jazz CDs—and names three jazz artists who he says deserve greater recognition.

Click here to read Interview: Dan Morgenstern Part 1

Click here to read Interview: Dan Morgenstern Part 2