In Memoriam: Stanley Lawrence Crouch, 1945-2020

Stanley Crouch, a former faculty member at Pomona College in Claremont, California, poet, as well as a syndicated newspaper columnist, novelist and acclaimed jazz critic died on September 16 in New York City. He was  74 years old.

A native of Los Angeles, Crouch joined the English department faculty at Pomona College in 1967 at the age of 22. In 1975, he moved to New York and became a columnist for the Village Voice and the New York Daily News. He was a founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center and was one of the nation’s foremost and controversial jazz critics. Crouch won a “genius award” from the MacArthur Foundation.

In addition to his writing on jazz, Crouch published several volumes of poetry, the novel Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome? (Pantheon, 2000) and the biography Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker (Harper, 2013).


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