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Institute of Jazz Studies director wins national award

Dan Morgenstern, right, works with Vincent Pelote in the stacks at the Institute of Jazz Studies.

Congratulations to Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies in the John Cotton Dana Library, for being selected as one of seven recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts 2007 Jazz Masters awards.

Morgenstern will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy at a ceremony and concert in New York, on January 12th. Previous award winners include music critic Nat Hentoff, producer George Wein, and manager John Levy.

Speaking to the Star Ledger on the occasion of winning the award, Morgenstern remarked: "What I'm pleased about is that whatever publicity comes to me will be publicity for the Institute of Jazz Studies." (Star Ledger, Oct. 7, 2006).

We commend our colleague for receiving this richly deserved recognition, for his decades of work as a scholar, historian, writer, editor, and preserver of jazz.

Morgenstern's extensive knowledge of jazz led famed documentarian Ken Burns to ask Morgenstern to act as senior adviser to his 10-part PBS series, "Jazz."

Morgenstern co-produces and co-hosts the institute's "Jazz from the Archives," on WBGO-FM, co-hosts the monthly Jazz Research Roundtable, and also has earned six Grammy awards, for best album notes.

Morgenstern's career includes seven years as editor of Down Beat magazine, stints as jazz reviewer for the New York Post and record-reviewer for the Chicago Sun Times, and editor of the Annual Review of Jazz Studies and the monograph series Studies in Jazz. He has written hundreds of articles, and co-authored or contributed to numerous jazz books.

The Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, the world's most extensive jazz archives, is part of the Rutgers University Libraries. The IJS is housed in the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark campus of Rutgers, at 185 University Ave.

Thank you to Carla Capizzi, senior public relations specialist in the Rutgers-Newark office of communications, for her assistance in preparing this story.

Posted October 11, 2006; additions made October 20, 2006