PERSONAL: Born in Hertforshire, England. Education: St. Peter' College, Oxford, B.A. (philosophy, politics and economics). Hobbies and other interests: Sports.
ADDRESSES: Home—Solomon's Porch, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire HP4 1PL, England. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: News reporter and feature writer for British newspapers, 1966-75; BBC News, journalist, producer and television news editor, 1975-80; Independent Television News, London, England, journalist and program editor, 1980-90, producer of current-affairs documentaries, 1990-93.
MEMBER: Jazz Journalists' Association.
AWARDS, HONORS: Silver Medal, New York Film Festival, 1992, for 12-part documentary series, Wars in Peace; Finalist Award, New York Film Festivals, 1991, 1992, for three documentaries and corporate films; UK Best Video Awards, 1982, for Battle for the Falklands and in 1992, for The Gulf War.
(With Ralph Laing) Jazz Records: The Specialist Labels, Volumes 1 and 2, JazzMedia ApS (Denmark), 1980.
Count Basie: A Bio-Discography, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1986.
Dis Here: A Bio-Discography of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2000.
Brilliant Corners: A Bio-Discography of Thelonious Monk, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.
Vibe-rations: A Bio-Discography of Milt Jackson, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2002.
Contributor and columnist for Jazz Review; correspondent for Jazz Beat; author of articles for record sleeves and periodicals, including Jazz, Cadence, Jazz Monthly, Jazz Journal, and Into Jazz. Contributor to New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Grove Music Library, 1988; contributor of discography to Night People (biography of trombonist Dicky Wells), Smithsonian, 1993.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Gillespiana: A Bio-Discography of Dizzy Gillespie, for Scarecrow Press; and Sex, Drugs, and Ferrets: A Newsroom Memoir.