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!
2015 is my 40th year as a jazz journalist, having started at the age of 3 (well, maybe a little
later). I have written 11 books thus far, over 800 liner notes, and approximately 20,000
record reviews through the years. I review CDs regularly for five magazines (Downbeat,
Jazziz, Jazz Inside, the Jazz Rag from England and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene), write liner
notes, press biographies and press releases for artists and labels, and offer informational lists
for sale to independent jazz musicians. I’m always open to working on new assignments,
discovering new artists and hearing more great jazz. Feel free to contact me at

Click to hear a recent interview I did about my most recent book.
Jazz Guitarists Interview
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.

For more information about my 11 books on jazz, 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.  

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 recorded what are probably the first significant jazz melodica solos ever; at least I don't know of any worthwhile
ones. Here is the story behind the recording date  
Liner Notes and here are the two songs; Melodica Rhythm and
Melodicology. Hope you enjoy them!

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

A few years ago, 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