Birthdate: October 24, 1929 Birthplace: Munich, Germany Occupation: Author, critic, librarian Nationality: U.S. citizen since 1947 Alma mater: Brandeis University
Dan Morgenstern (born October 24, 1929, Munich, Germany) is a jazz critic and librarian.
Morgenstern moved to the United States in 1947, and attended Brandeis University from 1953 to 1956. He wrote for jazz publication Jazz Journal from 1958 to 1961, and following this edited several jazz magazines: Metronome in 1961, Jazz from 1962 to 1963, and Down Beat from 1964 to 1973. He is the author of the book Jazz People and has arranged jazz concerts and lectures over the course of his career. In 1976 he was named director of Rutgers-Newark's Institute of Jazz Studies, where he continued the work of Marshall Stearns and made the Institute one of the world's largest collections of jazz documents, recordings, and memorabilia.
Morgenstern is widely known as a prolific writer of comprehensive, authoritative liner notes, a sideline that has garnered him eight Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes since 1973.
Morgenstern published two books: Jazz People (1976); and Living with Jazz (2004), a reader edited by Sheldon Meyer. Both were winners of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award.
In 2007, Morgenstern received the A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Grammy Awards for Best Album Notes
Art Tatum, God Is in the House (1973) Coleman Hawkins, The Hawk Flies (1974) Various (Savoy Records collection), The Changing Face of Harlem (1976) Erroll Garner, Erroll Garner: Master of the Keyboard (1981) Clifford Brown, Brownie: The Complete Emarcy Recordings of Clifford Brown (1990) Louis Armstrong, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1994) Fats Waller, If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It! (2006) Louis Armstrong, The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946) (2010)
1. Scott Yanow, Dan Morgenstern at Allmusic 2. Grammy Awards, Allmusic.com 3. ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards 4. National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters
- NEA Jazz Masters (2007)
- Grammy Award for Best Album Notes (1973, 1974, 1976, 1981,
1990, 1994, 2006, 2010)