|10/2/2014 8:25:32 AM - Since the mid-1980s, Dan Ouellette has been writing about music
for a variety of publications--reviewing/critiquing albums and shows, profiling
a variety of artists, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Norah Jones,
Dianna Krall, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Dizzy Gillespie, Astor Piazzolla, Frank
Zappa, Lou Reed and Joni Mitchell, and commenting on the evolving world of the
recording industry. In 2008, he wrote the book, Ron Carter: Finding the Right
started writing for DownBeat, the jazz-magazine Bible, in 1987 and has been a
regular contributor since. In the last decade he has filed many cover stories and
features. He also contributes frequently to DB's “Blindfold Test” page with his
“live” listening tests at festivals, including Monterey, North Sea, Detroit,
Umbria and Barcelona.
Dan reported on the jazz world for Billboard--profiling new and veteran
artists, breaking news on record companies, and weighing in on various subjects
ranging from post-Katrina rebuilding in New Orleans to Wynton Marsalis' status
in the jazz world at large. In addition to his columns, he contributed features
and reviews. Reuters disseminated his Billboard writing to its news service
writing also appeared in Stereophile (contributing editor), Salon, Pulse!, The
New Yorker (special sections), Playboy (Japan), the San Francisco Chronicle, Acoustic
Guitar, Strings and Adweek. He was the jazz consultant for Napster until it was
purchased by Rhapsody.
addition to writing, Dan served as the music editor of several Schwann
publications, including Schwann Spectrum and Schwann Inside, the monthly jazz
and classical magazine.
has traveled the world to report on jazz and popular music. His jaunts have
taken him to Mali, Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Beijing, China; Melbourne,
Australia; Molde, Norway; Perugia, Italy; Genoa, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey;
Marciac, France; The Hague and Rotterdam, in the Netherlands; and on the Queen
Elizabeth 2 for its “floating” jazz festival that traveled from New York to
Southampton, England. He has covered music events throughout Canada (including
Montreal, Vancouver and Quebec City) and the U.S. (including New York, San
Francisco, Detroit, Cleveland, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and in the
moderated panels at IAJE, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz
Festival. He curates artist panels at the North Sea Jazz Festival.
1999, Dan moved from San Francisco, where he comprehensively covered the Bay
Area music scene for several years, to New York, where he is now based. He
lives part-time in Harlem and on Shelter Island, at the eastern end of Long
though the subject matter seems quite at odds with his expertise and reputation
in the popular music world, Dan wrote the book, The Volkswagen Bug Book: A
Celebration of Beetle Culture (Angel City Press, 1999). While its subject
matter is steered by the Bug, it's also heavily indebted to music.
by Michael Luppino