Larry Blumenfeld writes about jazz for The Wall Street Journal. His culture reporting and music criticism has also appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Salon, and Truthdig, among other publications, and he is editor-at-large of Jazziz magazine. He received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing in 2011 from the Jazz Journalists Association. His published essays in collections include: “Since the Flood: Scenes from the Fight for Jazz Culture in New Orleans,” Pop When the World Falls Apart (EMP/Duke University Press); “Band on the Run in New Orleans,” Best Music Writing 2008 (Da Capo Press); and “Exploding Myths in Morocco and Senegal” Music in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge Press). His ongoing coverage of New Orleans began as a Katrina Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute. He was formerly a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has lectured and presented at a wide range of festivals, schools and cultural institutions, including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Erica, and son, Sam. Soon as his ankle heals, he’ll be back on the basketball court.
Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds