Scott Yanow  Jazz Historian and Journalist
Welcome to my website!
“Next to King Oliver, Scott Yanow is my biggest inspiration among all the cats.” - Louis Armstrong

“When it comes to elucidating about music and its tonalities, Scott is beyond category.” - Duke Ellington

“That m*!@*+ f@#^$! really knows his #@&^%"! I've learned a great deal from that #&*^@()*.”- Miles Davis

“When I was inventing  jazz, Yanow was right there, giving me ideas.” - Jelly Roll Morton

"He taught me how to swing!" - Anita O'Day

“I came to the US for 2 reasons:  to tour with Duke Ellington and to have Scott Yanow autograph his book ‘Swing’ - Django Reinhardt

“Scott Yanow is hep to the jive.” - Cab Calloway
Scott Yanow,  Jazz Historian and Journalist
Welcome to my website!
My 11th book, The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide is now out!

I've written full-length entries on 342 guitarists (ranging from Eddie Lang to Julian Lage) and
include briefer mentions of 393 others.  Published by Hal Leonard, it is available at Amazon
and in finer book stores. I also have some available for those who would like an autographed

Click to hear a recent interview I did about the book!
Jazz Guitarists Interview

E-mail me at Scott Yanow for details.
Ever since 1975, I have covered everything from New Orleans and 1920s jazz to swing, bebop, fusion, Afro-Cuban jazz, the
avant-garde and today's jazz and blues scene.

BIO provides insight into the various projects, magazines and books that I have been involved with and written about.  It also talks
about how I arrived in the jazz world.

I have written 11 books on jazz thus far.  For more information, please click on

The MUSICIAN'S CORNER is geared toward musicians and the wide range of services I offer to jazz and blues instrumentalists and

I live in Los Angeles, CA and write for the
LA JAZZ SCENE, a monthly paper available at jazz venues and record stores in Southern
California. I contribute many CD/DVD reviews along with my Jazz Around Town column. Included are recent reviews and columns since
they are not otherwise available online.  

LINKS give readers a connection to some of the jazz performers who I recommend checking out.

THOUGHTS and FUN IDEAS includes some thoughts and fun ideas!

FESTIVAL REVIEWS are where I have reviews of the Playboy Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival and other special events.

FESTIVAL PROGRAM GUIDES provide the musician biographies I have written for the recent program guides of
the San Francisco Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival.
The Latest News:

Recently I became a regular contributor to Jazz Inside, a major jazz magazine based in New York. Information about this
fine publication can be found at

In addition to Jazz Inside, I am currently writing for Downbeat, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazziz, the Jazz Rag (which is
based in England). I also vote in Downbeat's Critics Poll and am currently working on some book projects.

I write an average of 8-10 liner notes a month, help many musicians with their press biographies and press releases, and
assist several record labels with their websites. It makes for a busy but fun life in jazz

One day, the very fine clarinetist Mort Weiss surprised me by inviting me to be a guest on his record album, Mort Weiss
Meets Bill Cunliffe. On "The Sheik Of Araby," I play clarinet with a quartet also including pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Chris
Conner and drummer Roy McCurdy. Talk about starting at the top!
Here is the link (tell me what you think)
  The Sheik Of Araby
Webmaster  Dory Yanow