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Nat Hentoff: Shouting About the Music

Interview with noted columnist and author about his life in jazz (and politics)

Photo of Bruce Lundvall and Nat Hentoff
Bruce Lundvall and Nat Hentoff (photo: Joe Salerno)
Nat Hentoff (left) interviews Quincy Jones during the 2001 IAJE "Jazz on the Frontline" panel session
Trumpeter Clark Terry, left, tells columnist Nat Hentoff about his distinguished career of more than 60 years. Terry is also this year's recipient of the IAJE Presidents Award.

Nat Hentoff, the most famous and influential jazz writer in the history of the music, died on January 7, 2017. He was 91, and his death was announced by his son Nick via social media. “He died surrounded by family listening to Billie Holiday,” Nick wrote on Twitter.

This interview with Hentoff by JT‘s publisher Lee Mergner was originally posted on June 9, 2010. It has been revised for current posting.

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