Ben Young

30 Nov 2016

Ben Young is a music researcher and radio host. Twenty years on the air at Columbia University's WKCR have included continuing in-depth study of the avant-garde jazz of the 1960s, focusing on Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, and their circles. Dixonia, his bio-discography of Dixon, was published in 1998 and a forthcoming work proposes to be the definitive treatment of Cecil Taylor's life and career. In addition to widespread work in jazz reissues, Young has produced cornerstone projects on the music of Ayler, Jimmy Lyons, and, later this year, the New York Art Quartet. Since 2010, he has lectured on music for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University.