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LARRY BLUMENFELD

LARRY BLUMENFELD has written regularly about music and culture for The Wall Street Journal since 2004. His work has also appeared in The Village Voice, The New York Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Daily Beast, NPR, Salon and TIDAL, among other publications and websites. His criticism focuses on jazz, Afro Latin and “creative” music. His reporting often centers on connections between these cultures and issues of social justice. He was the 2019 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University, and has received the Jazz Journalists Association’s Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing, an Open Society Institute Katrina Media Fellowship (researching cultural recovery in post-flood New Orleans), and a National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University. His writing about New Orleans has appeared in the essay collections, “Pop When the World Falls Apart” (EMP/Duke University Press) and “Best Music Writing, 2008” (Da Capo Press). His essay “Exploding Myths in Morocco and Senegal” appeared in “Music in the Post-9/11 World” (Routledge Press). He programs and hosts the long-running series “Jazz and Social Justice,” at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem; is Editorial Director for Chamber Music America and editor-at-large of Jazziz magazine; and curates the Wells Fargo Jazz Series of Spoleto Festival USA and the Deer Isle Jazz Festival in Stonington, Maine. He lives, writes and plays basketball in Brooklyn, NY.

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