Mike Zwerin

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Now best known as a columnist and contributor to Jazz Journal, Mike Zwerin missed out on history during his days as a trombonist. He played with the Miles Davis birth of the cool group during their residency…
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Now best known as a columnist and contributor to Jazz Journal, Mike Zwerin missed out on history during his days as a trombonist. He played with the Miles Davis birth of the cool group during their residency at the Royal Roost in the late '40s, but missed the recording sessions and doesn't appear on the date. He studied violin and attended the High School of Music and Art. Zwerin spent several years in Paris before returning to America in 1958. He played with Claude Thornhill, Maynard Ferguson and Bill Russo in the early '60s, then played with Orchestra USA, serving as musical director and arranger for a sextet culled from the orchestra's ranks. He worked in various combos and toured the Soviet Union with Earl Hines in 1966. Zwerin contributed jazz articles to The Village Voice, Rolling Stone and Downbeat in the '60s, but quit playing at the end of the decade. He returned to France and wrote novels and non-fiction. Zwerin moved to Paris in the late '70s, and did some occasional playing while contributing to such publications as the International Herald Tribune and Jazz Journal. He's recently done some articles for Spin. Zwerin's autobiography Too Close For Jazz, in 1983 has some provocative things to say.