About our writers:
Thomas Cunniffe
is the founder, editor and principal writer for Jazz History Online. He developed and taught an award-winning jazz history course at the University of Northern Colorado. He was an editor and contributor to www.jazz.com, and he has also written articles for www.jazzinstituteofchicago.org and the Jazz Heritage Foundation Jazz Journal. He was a presenter at the Denver Jazz on Film Festival, and he co-produced the album “Jim Riley and Some Colorado Friends”. His discographical research was incorporated into the revised edition of “The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz”. He has contributed liner notes for albums by local and national artists including Charlie Byrd, Michael Hashim, Donna Wickham, Al Hood and Marti Mendenhall. Tom performs as a vocalist in the Denver metro area, specializing in jazz and choral music. He performed for over 10 years with the virtuoso a cappella choir Kantorei, and wrote program notes for their concerts and CDs. He is currently a staff singer at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Ben Markley, a jazz pianist, has performed with Brian Lynch, Ron McClure, and George Garzone among others.  Markley’s latest album ‘Second Introduction’ features trumpeter Greg Gisbert. Recent performance credits include Eddie Henderson and Jerry Hahn. Compositions from each of Markley’s two albums have earned him ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2008 Markley was selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program held at the Kennedy Center. Markley co-leadʼs the group Raincheck that recently released their self-titled album on the Dazzle Recordings Label. Markley currently serves as an instructor of jazz piano at Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming. In April of 2012 he joined the staff of Jazz History Online as a contributing writer.

Nicky Schrire is a vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. London-born, South African-raised and now based in New York City, Schrire graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and performs regularly with her quartet at venues in both NYC and South Africa. As a bandleader, she has performed in London and Ireland, and her sideman work includes recordings by Brian Adler (“The Helium Project”) and Basak Yavuz (also featuring Dave Liebman). Her debut album “Freedom Flight” was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. She has been a contributing writer for the South African Association for Jazz Education‘s monthly newsletter for the past three years. Her website is www.nickyschrire.com and she blogs at ooswes.blogspot.com.

Michael Verity is a writer, photographer and radio producer as well as a lighting and sound designer for live theater. Since writing his first record review at age 10, Verity has been a major market disc jockey and radio programmer, concert promoter, band manager, record producer, voice-over artist and record label marketing director. His work is regularly published in magazines like Relix, Blurt and American Songwriter and on websites like Country Standard Time and The Bluegrass Situation. He also produces a weekly Americana music program entitled Michael Verity’s American Music, which is distributed worldwide by PRX. Verity was recently appointed as a jazz editor for
about.com. He lives on a farm near Portland, Oregon with his wife, a theater director, and his three children, all of whom are professional actors. He has bequeathed his children all of his musical talent.

About the site:
Jazz History Online is committed to covering the finest in jazz history past and present. All of the writers are also working jazz musicians, and use their experience to discuss jazz in a manner that is accessible to both musicians and laymen. We welcome suggestions comments and donations from our readers. Please e-mail comments and suggestions to [email protected]. Donations may be sent via PayPal through the Donate button on the Front Page. We encourage all readers to become Facebook fans of our page. Either click the Like button on the Front Page (right below the photo of the newspaper) or go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JazzHistoryOnline

Writers wishing to contribute material to the site should contact Thomas Cunniffe at [email protected]. Contributors must have a thorough knowledge of jazz history and be able to write clearly and concisely in the English language. Writers with previously published jazz criticism are preferred. No unsolicited manuscripts will be accepted. All writing is done on assignment from Mr. Cunniffe, and all submissions are subject to his editing, The individual authors own the rights of the essays which appear on the site.