Dan Morgenstern

Dan Morgenstern (born October 24, 1929) is a jazz writer, editor, archivist, and producer. He is the son of the German-language Jewish author Soma Morgenstern.

Dan Morgenstern
Dan Morgenstern in 2012
Dan Morgenstern in 2012
Born (1929-10-24) October 24, 1929 (age 91)
Munich, Germany
OccupationJournalist, Archivist
Alma materBrandeis University
Notable awardsNEA Jazz Masters
Grammy Award for Best Album Notes

Morgenstern was raised in Vienna and Copenhagen and arrived in the United States in 1947. He wrote for Jazz Journal from 1958 to 1961, then edited several jazz magazines: Metronome in 1961, Jazz from 1962 to 1963, and Down Beat from 1967 to 1973. In 1976, he was named director of Rutgers–Newark's Institute of Jazz Studies, where he continued the work of Marshall Stearns and made the Institute the world's largest collection of jazz documents, recordings, and memorabilia.[1]

Over the course of his career, Morgenstern has arranged concerts (including the Jazz in the Garden series at the Museum of Modern Art); produced and hosted television and radio programs; taught jazz history at universities and conservatories; and served as a panelist for jazz festivals and awards across the U.S. and Europe.

Morgenstern is known as a prolific writer of comprehensive, authoritative liner notes, a sideline that has garnered him eight Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes since 1973.[2]

Morgenstern is the author of two books: Jazz People (1976); and Living with Jazz (2004), a reader edited by Sheldon Meyer (1926-2006).[3][4][5][6] Both were winners of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award.[7]

In 2007, Morgenstern received the A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy from the National Endowment for the Arts.[8]

Grammy Awards for Best Album NotesEdit


  1. ^ Scott Yanow, Dan Morgenstern at Allmusic
  2. ^ Grammy Awards, Allmusic.com
  3. ^ American Historical Association, Sheldon Meyer obituary
  4. ^ New York Times, Sheldon Meyer, October 16, 2006
  5. ^ "Sheldon Meyer; Editor Changed Focus At Oxford University Press to Popular Culture", New York Sun, Sheldon Meyer, October 16, 2006
  6. ^ PressReader, Sheldon Meyer, October 16, 2006
  7. ^ ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards
  8. ^ "National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters". Archived from the original on 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2010-10-31.