When it comes to writing liner notes for reissues, few are in Dan Morgenstern's
league. He moved to the United States in 1947 and studied at Brandeis University from 1953-56. Morgenstern
was soon writing for Jazz Journal (1958-61) and became the editor of Metronome (1961), Jazz
(1962-63), and most notably Down Beat (1964-73). He has occasionally produced jazz concerts and lectured on jazz through the years, in addition to writing the book Jazz People. In 1976, Morgenstern
became the director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, where he has helped put together one of the most remarkable of all jazz collections. It is in his role of establishing the important library, along with his countless, consistently informative liner notes that Dan Morgenstern
has made his greatest contribution to jazz.