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John Fordham is a British jazz critic and writer. As well as being the main jazz critic for The Guardian,[1] he publishes a monthly column for the newspaper.[2] He is the author of several books on jazz, and has reported on it for publications including Time Out, City Limits, Sounds, Jazz UK and The Wire. He is a former editor of Time Out, City Limits[3] and Jazz UK. He has contributed to documentaries for radio and television, as well as regularly to BBC Radio 3's programme Jazz on 3.[4]



Fordham has won the Parliamentary Jazz Awards "Jazz Journalist of the Year" award three times since 2005.[5]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • 1989: The Sound of Jazz (Hamlyn)
  • 1991: Jazz on CD: the essential guide (Kyle Cathie)
  • 1993: Jazz (Dorling Kindersley)
  • 1995: Jazzman: Biography of Ronnie Scott (Kyle Cathie)
  • 1996: Shooting from the Hip: Changing Tunes in Jazz, 1970-95 (Kyle Cathie)
  • 1998: Jazz Heroes (Collins & Brown)
  • 1999: Story of Ronnie Scott's: the Making of the Man and the Club That Bears His Name (Showtime)


  1. ^ "Guides To British Jazz History" Archived 2012-12-23 at the Wayback Machine The Jazz Site. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  2. ^ "John Fordham's brand new Guardian Take Five Blog", LondonJazz, 26 April 2012.
  3. ^ Michèle Roberts, Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond, Little, Brown, 2007.
  4. ^ John Fordham page, The Guardian.
  5. ^ John Fordham biography Archived 2014-05-25 at the Wayback Machine, Jazz Services.

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