George Frazier

George Francis Frazier Jr. (June 10, 1911 – June 13, 1974) was an American journalist.

Boston-raised, Frazier graduated from Harvard College in 1932. He wrote for the Boston newspapers and for Esquire magazine, as well as many other venues, including the New York papers. Beginning as a jazz critic, his Sweet and Low Down column, debuting in the Boston Herald on January 27, 1942, was the first regular jazz column in an American big-city daily. He soon left jazz criticism for general journalism. He concluded his career as a much-revered columnist for The Boston Globe.

Called "Acidmouth" by his publishers at Down Beat, he was known for his arch style, acerbic wit, erudite Olympian pronouncements on men's fashion, and general je ne sais quoi.

Frazier wrote the song "Harvard Blues" (music by Tab Smith), recorded in 1941 by Count Basie and included on the compilation The Count Basie Story, Disc 3 - Harvard Blues (2001, Proper Records).

Thanks to his writing, Frazier earned a place on the master list of Nixon political opponents.

It feels like snow, he said, and it was all there, all the sadness and all the silveryness in a single sentence.

— George Frazier, 1960s column in the Boston Herald

All I'm trying to say, really, is that most boutique customers should be lined up before a firing squad at dawn and that there should be a minute of silence to thank God for the existence of people like Miles Davis.

— George Frazier, liner notes for 1965 album Miles Davis' Greatest Hits

Duende was George Frazier's favorite word. It is, of course, the precise word to describe his life and his writings: roughly translated—grace, wit and class.

Links to writings by FrazierEdit


  • Fountain, Charles (1984). Another Man's Poison: The Life and Writings of Columnist George Frazier. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-87106-857-5.
  • Whitman, Alden (June 15, 1974). "George Frazier, Writer, 63, Dies; Columnist for Boston Globe, Life Editor, Jazz Critic Fond of Nantucket Wrote Monthly Column"". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  • Rodricks, Dan (August 13, 1990). "So just who has duende?". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  • Vacca, Richard. "Of Datelines and Down Beats: Jazz, George Frazier, and Late-Night Boston". JazzBoston. Archived from the original on May 30, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  • Negri, Gloria (June 27, 2008). "Mimsi Harbach, 87; former wife, partner of columnist George Frazier". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  • Maroney , Edward F. (March 12, 2010). "(Untitled)". The Barnstable Patriot. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  • Fountain, Charles (June 12, 2011). "George Frazier's duende". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  1. ^ Fountain, Charles (January 30, 2009). "Another Man's Poison". Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 6, 2010.