Whitney Balliett


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Whitney Lyon Balliett (17 April 1926 – 1 February 2007) was a jazz critic and book reviewer for the New Yorker and was with the journal from 1954 until 2001.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, Balliett attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where he learned to played drums in a band he summed up as “baggy Dixieland”; he played summer gigs at a Center Island yacht ... more »

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  • ''A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.''
    Whitney Balliet (b. 1926), U.S. author. Dinosaurs in the Morning, introductory note (1962).
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