About the Author
has been a writer -- critic, historian, encyclopedist -- and photographer in the field of music, specifically jazz, for more than 35 years. He is the author of nine books, including Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953 (1989), The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada (2001), Some Hustling This: Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929 (2005)
and High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow (2007)
. He served as the jazz critic for The Globe and Mail in Toronto from 1978 to 2005 and has written for several popular and scholarly publications internationally.