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Pres. Howard September 18, 02
John S. Wilson exemplified some of the best traditions of jazz journalism. He was a prodigious listener, a journalist who covered his beat with intelligence and continued interest. He was eminently fair; I don't recall him ever lambasting an artist, but rather he asked questions of himself and the music he was sent to experience. He had his likes and dislikes, I'm sure -- never met him except in the page of the paper. But he didn't force his presumptions on readers. He meant to report and enlighten. He's one of the founders of the jazz journalistic profession, and many of us owe him acknowledgement.
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