Bill Milkowski is a New York-based music journalist who is a regular contributor to Down Beat, Jazziz and The Absolute Sound magazines. His writing has also appeared in Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Modern Drummer, Acoustic Guitar, Mojo, Swing Journal and DRUM! as well as magazines abroad such as Jazzthing (Germany), Vibrations (Switzerland), Guitar Club (Italy), Guitar (Japan) and Hudba (Slovakia).
Since moving to New York from his hometown of Milwaukee in 1980, Milkowski has written over 600 sets of liner notes for a wide variety of record labels and has published over 7,000 articles, features and reviews. He has also produced recordings for the Blue Note, Columbia and Concord labels. Milkowski is the author of five books -- "JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius" (Backbeat Books, 1995), "Rockers, Jazzbos & Visionaries" (Billboard Books, 1998),"Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive" (Billboard Books, 2001), "Legends of Jazz" (Edizioni White Star, 2011) and "Keith Richards: A Rock 'N' Roll Life" (Edizioni White Star). He is also the co-author of "Here And Now: The Autobiograpy of Pat Martino (Backbeat Books, 2011).
A winner of the Helen Oakley Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Newspaper, Magazine, Online Feature or Review Writing for 2004, Milkowski also received the Jazz Journalist Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2015 Bruce Lundvall Award, presented by the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Aside from a three-year period (1993-1996) when he lived in New Orleans and was a late-night dj on radio station WWOZ ("The Milkman's Matinee"), Milkowski has resided in New York City since 1980. He currently lives in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Hudson Heights.