Marc Crawford served as a pionccr and pathniakcr: he was thc first African Amcrican journalist on the staff of Lifemagaziiic; hc founded Tone, a lit* erary supplement for African American newspapers; he e0'.1uthored The Brigade,a history for teenagers on American volunteers in the Spanish (Iivil and he Time iiizigaziiic and a publishing company,Time Capsule lnc., to provide a forum for new writers. His articles and fcatiircswere cited For numerous honors, and hiscoverage of the civil disturbances in WLIIIS in 1965 For Life won him the 1966 National Headliners Club Award.But, perhaps, it is as 11 critic and scholar of jazz that Marc will be bestremembered. In countless articles, reviews, and essays he held Forth on the complexities, intricacies, and heauties of jazz. In hisprose, he emulated its rhythms and melodies, celebrated its improvisational essenee, and analyzed its originsand history as an art form distilled from the African American experience. He interviewed and profiled many of its toweringfigures—Thel0nius Monk, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and Sonny Rollins were but 21 few of the luminaries whom Mare engagedin enlightening dialogue. Within the fraternity of jazz criticism, Marc is recognized as one of its most eminent practitioners, andhis Writings will serve as a vital resource for scholars formany years to come.
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