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Dr. Herb Wong—Jazz Critic, Educator and Historian—Dies at 88

Wrote liner notes, hosted radio program, produced records, created jazz courses and more

Dr. Herb Wong
Dr. Herb Wong with pianist Taylor Eigsti

Dr. Herb Wong, a highly regarded jazz journalist, broadcaster, educator, historian and producer, died April 20 at his home in Menlo Park, Calif. The cause was cancer. Wong was 88.

Among his many accomplishments, Wong was the co-founder of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance, producer of the Palo Alto Jazz Festival, host of the Jazz Perspectives radio program on the KJAZ radio station and the station’s longtime Director of Education and Music Industry Relations. He designed a jazz exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution, authored hundreds of liner notes for jazz recordings and produced albums for Black Hawk Records and Palo Alto Jazz Records, both of which he founded.

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