About Alison

Alison Kerr is an award-winning journalist whose passion for jazz ignited her career as a writer.  

For 20 years, Alison has been a contributor of jazz reviews and features to The Herald newspaper, in her hometown of Glasgow. She also writes regularly on the subject for The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday.

Other publications for which Alison has covered jazz include The Guardian, the Sunday Herald, Jazz Journal International, JazzWise and Jazz Review. For 10 years, she was a regular guest on BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship jazz show, Bebop to Hiphop,  covering such topics as Jazz on Film and classic jazz and contributing packages of interviews recorded at jazz parties and festivals.

In 2011, Alison programmed a Jazz on Film strand for the Glasgow Jazz Festival and presented a talk on the subject.

Alison has penned liner notes for several CDs on the Arbors Records label – among them Warren Vache’s Don’t Look Back and Ruby Braff/Scott Hamilton’s For the Last Time (a recording of Braff’s last concert, given in Nairn, Scotland)  - and for albums by such diverse musicians/bands as the Hot Antic Jazz Band, Carol Kidd, John Allred and Alan Barnes.

The jazz stars whom Alison has interviewed include Annie Ross, Doc Cheatham, Marty Grosz, Dick Hyman, Humphrey Lyttelton, Carol Kidd, Diana Krall, John Bunch, Harry Connick Jr, Curtis Stigers, Gene Harris, Warren Vache, Kenny Davern, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli.

In 1986, she held the door open for Milt Hinton.

RECENT PRAISE FOR ALISON’S WORK

Emma Thompson: “What gorgeous articles!”

Michael Winner: “Thank you so much for sending me the article. I thought it was excellent.”

John Byrne: “Great piece! Enjoyed it hugely. My warmest thanks.”

To contact Alison, please email her at alison@alisonkerr.com

4 responses to “About Alison

  1. Ken Scott

    Hi Alison,

    I read your article on Le Doigt’s De L’Homme. I too attended the gig and after about 10 minutes could not wait to leave. I should say that I have been a semi-pro guitarist in Edinburgh for 30 years and also love Django’s music (though I tend more towards Wes in my own playing). The reason I wanted to leave was that there was simply no beauty in the playing. The whole thing that makes Django great is beauty in choice of notes but more so in the way he produced such a great tone and did so consistently. The guys at the Hub were just thrashing out licks in machine gun fashion. I spoke to Marcus Ford and Nick Gent at the interval and told them I was going as I could not take any more.

    As I left I thought “am I just a fussy, grumpy, intolerant old git, can all those staying people be wrong?” – I seemed to be the only person leaving the building.

    I wanted to thank you for spotting the over dependance on flash over substance – it has made me feel a lot less paranoid.

    Many thanks

    Ken

  2. David Jamie M.

    Hey Alison…
    …thoroughly enjoyed listening to Maxine Sullivan the other night on Radio Scotland’s ‘Jazz House.’
    I threw out my T.V. almost three years’ ago; the Radio is my Salvation!!!
    Good, ecletic music, rather than the boil-in-the-bag guff.
    Radio is essential – it’s where music belongs.
    SeeYaSooN
    David

  3. bluerhythm

    Hi Alison
    great Blog ! keep up the great posts !

    Thought you might like to check out the blog thats been tracking my labor of Jazz love !… Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India

    Links to the trailer, Blog (http://bluerhythm.wordpress.com/) etc

    are all available at

    http://WWW.FINDINGCARLTON.COM

    Susheel J. Kurien

  4. Hi Alison, thank you for your great blog. keep up supporting jazz music! Please, check out my tribute to the great Ray Brown at http://open.spotify.com/album/1M4jihhtzNhq4RrsVFTq5e

    Cheers

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