Mike Gerber is the author of the book Jazz Jews, a global and historical study of Jewish connections in jazz.
His Kosher Jam show on UK Jazz Radio features Jewish jazz fusions, klezmer and other rootsy Jewish music, jazz standards based on music by the great Jewish-American songwriters, and Israeli jazz. Jews have figured large in the history of jazz, and blues too, both as musicians and facilitators, so Mike’s show also celebrates that contribution.
Born in 1953, Mike left school at 16 and worked in dead-end jobs before going back to studying and becoming a journalist in his thirties.
He has written about transport, environmental issues, industrial relations, charities and urban/rural regeneration. His features have appeared in the Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, the Observer, on Channel 4 websites, and in popular music publications. Mike serves on the editorial board of Jewish Socialist magazine.
Jazz entered his life when as a teenager who had grown up on sixties rock, he saw Buddy Rich on a Royal Variety show. Shortly afterwards he went to his first jazzgig to see Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner and Muddy Waters.
Mike lives in east London surrounded by his music (vinyl – always vinyl), books and football programmes. In one corner are his wife and two children.
Information on Mike’s Jazz Jews book can be seen on www.jazzjews.com