Stanley Crouch is a music critic, syndicated columnist, and novelist, perhaps best known for his jazz criticism and his novel “Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome?”
During the early 1970s, while working as a drummer in New York City, Crouch conducted the booking for an avant-garde jazz series at the club and organized occasional concert events at the Ladies’ Fort. Since the early 1980s, he has become critical of the more progressive forms of jazz and has been associated with the neo-conservative attitudes of Albert Murray. An ardent proselytizer for the music of Wynton Marsalis, he writes the liner notes for all of the trumpeter’s albums. Crouch was summarily dismissed from JazzTimes following his controversial article, “Putting the White Man in Charge,” in which he asserted that white critics elevate white jazz musicians beyond their abilities.