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Nat Hentoff

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Nat Hentoff

American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media and writes regularly on jazz and country music for The Wall Street Journal add

Category: Sciences

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (59%), U.S. (15%), Iraq (11%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Village Voice, Jazz Foundation of America, Billie Holiday

Linked to: Northeastern University, American Bar Association, Boston Latin School, Cato Institute




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Nat Hentoff was born in 1925 add something


In the late 1940s, he hosted two notable radio shows on WMEX: "JazzAlbum" and "From Bach To Bartók (Béla_Bartók)" add something


By the late 1950s, Hentoff was co-hosting a program called "The Scope of Jazz" on WBAI-FM in New York City add something


Hentoff continued to do a jazz program on WMEX into the early 1950s, and during that period was an announcer on WGBH-FM on a program called "Evolution of Jazz" add something


In 1950, he was a Fulbright fellow at the Sorbonne in Paris add something


Hentoff joined "Down Beat" magazine as a columnist in 1952 add something


From 1953 through 1957, he was an associate editor of "Down Beat" add something


In June 1955, Hentoff co-authored with Nat Shapiro "Hear Me Talkin' to Ya: The Story of Jazz by the Men Who Made It" add something


Shelly Manne - In 1957, critic Nat Hentoff called Manne one of the most "musical" and "illuminatively imaginative" drummers.


In 1958 he co-founded "The Jazz Review", a magazine that he co-edited with Martin Williams until 1961 add something


Kind of Blue - In a 1958 interview with Nat Hentoff of "The Jazz Review", Davis elaborated on this form of composition in contrast to the chord progression predominant in bebop, stating "No chords


The Village Voice - The firing of Nat Hentoff, who worked for the paper from 1958 to 2008, led to further criticism of the management by some of its current writers, Hentoff himself, and by the "Voice's" ideological rival paper "National Review"


Billie Holiday - The critic Nat Hentoff of "Down Beat" magazine, who attended the Carnegie Hall concert, wrote the remainder of the sleeve notes on the 1961 album


In June 1970, he criticized Ted Sorenson, who was running in the primary election for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator from New York, because Sorenson had lived for a time at the "restricted" New York Athletic Club, writing: "what kind of man would "choose" to live in one of this city's redoubts of bigotry-" add something


Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy Gillespie, a Baha'í since 1970, was one of the most famous adherents of the Baha'í Faith which helped him make sense of his position in a succession of trumpeters as well as turning his life from knife-carrying roughneck to global citizen, and from alcohol to soul force, in the words of author Nat Hentoff, who knew Gillespie for forty years.


In 1972 Hentoff was named a Guggenheim Fellow add something


Toshiko Akiyoshi - When Duke Ellington died in 1974, Nat Hentoff wrote in The Village Voice about how Ellington's music reflected his African heritage.


He was awarded the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award in 1980 for his columns on law and criminal justice add something


In 1985 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws by Northeastern University add something


Phineas Newborn, Jr. - According to jazz historian Nat Hentoff, Newborn's plight spurred the 1989 founding of the Jazz Foundation of America, a group dedicated to helping with the medical bills and other financial needs of retired jazz greats


In 1995 Hentoff was given the National Press Foundation's Award for lifetime distinguished contributions to journalism add something


He was strongly critical of Clinton Administration policies such as the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 add something


In 2002 Nat Hentoff became a member of the Board of Directors of The Jazz Foundation of America add something


In summer 2003, Hentoff wrote a column for the "Washington Times" in which he supported Tony Blair's claimed justifications for the war add something


In March and April 2003 Saddam Hussein was deposed by a U.S.-led invasion, launching the ongoing Iraq war add something


In 2004 Hentoff was named one of six NEA Jazz Masters by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, the first non-musician to win this award add something


In October 2005, Hentoff was honored by the Human Life Foundation at their third annual "Great Defender of Life" dinner add something


An ardent critic of the Bush administration's expansion of presidential power, Hentoff in 2008 called for the new president to deal with the "noxious residue of the Bush-Cheney war against terrorism" add something


Since February 2008 Hentoff has been a weekly contributing columnist at add something


In an April 2008 column, Hentoff stated that while he had been prepared to enthusiastically support Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, his view changed after looking into Obama's voting record on abortion add something


On December 31, 2008, the "Village Voice", which had regularly published Hentoff's commentary and criticism for fifty years, announced that he had been laid off add something


In February 2009, Hentoff joined the libertarian Cato Institute as a senior fellow add something


Theo Croker - In 2009 he finished his second album, "In The Tradition", which received rave reviews from well-known jazz writer and "Village Voice" editor Nat Hentoff, who compared his work to Count Basie and Buck Clayton


In January 2010, however, Hentoff returned and wrote one article for the "Voice" add something


In a May 2014 column titled "My Pro-Constitution Choice for President", Hentoff voiced his support for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's potential 2016 run for president add something


He died of natural causes in his Manhattan apartment on January 7, 2017 at the age of 91 add something