Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.
Manu Dibango, the treasured Cameroonian Afro-jazz saxophonist best known for his surprise 1972 hit “Soul Makossa,” died in Paris, France, from complications of COVID-19 on … Read More “Manu Dibango 1933–2020”
Ray Santos, a Latin-jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger whose exceptional craftsmanship and depth of musical knowledge earned him the nickname “El Maestro,” died October 17 … Read More “Ray Santos 1928-2019”