Michael J. West is a jazz critic and journalist, a contributor to JazzTimes, DownBeat, the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, JAZZIZ and Bandcamp Daily. His work has also appeared in Slate, NPR Music, WAMU.org, The Village Voice, The Jazz Cruise newsletter, East Bay Express, and others. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children, who fill his heart with joy by requesting Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington albums at bedtime.
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