Ted Panken is a professional jazz and creative music journalist.

13 responses to “About

  1. Marc Minsker

    Ted –
    My name is marc minsker and I am working on a documentary about Lester. I love this interview you did and am wondering if you still have the audio from the interview. I have a great interview from 1972 that will be incorporated into the film but would like something from the 1990s as well.

    Please let me know if you are interested in collaborating.

    Best regards,

  2. radiorhythm

    I want to mention how much I enjoyed reading your Dex Prestige box set notes; casual, creative, informative, enticing. Really well done, man.

  3. Sarah Morse

    Can you tell me what you know about my mother Trudy Morse. She died last month at age 94 and we are putting together a memorial book about her. I came across a quote from you regarding how she met Cecil Taylor. I wonder if you have any recollections of her or written pieces.

  4. Lisa Cunningham

    Ted, Thank you for the Jim Hall remembrance. His death has really devastated me, maybe because I simply didn’t realize how much he and his music have given me in the past fifty years.

  5. laonikoss

    Hi Ted,

    I have been trying to find some contact info for you everywhere but it seems you’re keeping yourself well-hidden!

    I wanted to ask you about the word “trans-idiomatic” that comes up in your interviews with Anthony Braxton – what does “trans-idiomatic” mean to you? Is this strictly confined to musical idioms, or would e.g. ballet be an idiom too (would a group of musicians collaborating with a group of dancers in an engaged and meaningful manner be a “trans-idiomatic” collaboration?)

    I am writing my masters thesis and part of it focuses on trans-idiomatic improvisation (defining it, to begin with) so I am interested to hear about how other people have used the term.

    Thanks a lot!


    • I’m not sure what “trans-idiomatic” means to me (have to give it some thought), but to Braxton I believe it means drawing upon a multiplicity of idioms/languages.

  6. john baltzer

    Ted, I just read your 2007 piece on Phil Woods re-run in Downbeat. Thank you so much for such a genuine and revealing look at the hero of the European Rhythm Machine, among the best records I’ve ever owned. – John B

  7. Ted:

    Paul Simeon Fingerote here, co-author with the late Dr. Herb Wong of “Jazz on My Mind: Liner Notes, Anecdotes and Conversations from the 1940s to the 2000s” published in April, 2016 by McFarland.

    The book contains the best of Herb’s 400+ liner notes, his one-on-one conversations with legends and legends-to-be, as well as his personal stories about the great artists of jazz.

    I would like to send you a copy. Would you prefer a hard copy (need street address) or an e-mailed PDF (need e-mail). Thanks!


  8. Hi Ted,
    I´m a jazz composer and producer from Uruguay, based in Boston. I just released my debut album “illegal Grooves”, feat. John Patitucci, Terence Blanchard, Hugo Fattoruso and Ruben Rada among others. You can find it here:

    Let me know if you´d be interested in writing about it!
    my email: nacho@nachogon.com
    web: nachogon.com

  9. Alanna

    Hey Ted do you by any chance have the audio for your interview with Richard Davis in 1993?

  10. Mr. Panken…. The Sam Rivers Sessionography is going to press in spring of ’21. I’d like to incorporate your Rivers-related interviews as part of the narrative that flows between the 10,000 data points. I’d like to let the musicians speak for themselves, and so I’m building a collage of discography information, images, and interviews. Might you have any objections to this? Please let me know if you want more info on the project..
    Thanks for considering,
    —Rick Lopez

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