W. Royal Stokes of Elkins was the 2014 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association's Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism Award.
He has been observing the jazz, blues and popular music worlds since the early 1940s. He was editor of Jazz Notes (the quarterly journal of the Jazz Journalists Association) from 1992 to 2001 and has participated in the annual Down Beat Critics Poll since the 1980s.
He hosted his weekly "I thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say . . . ." and Since Minton's on public radio in the 1970s and '80s. He has been the Washington Post's jazz critic and editor of JazzTimes and is the author of "The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990" (Oxford University Press, 1991), "Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson" (Temple University Press, 1994), "Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians about Their Careers in Jazz" (Oxford University Press, 2000), and "Growing Up With Jazz: Twenty-Four Musicians Talk About Their Lives and Careers" (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Submitted photo by Erika Hartmann Stokes
W. Royal Stokes on the bandstand of New York’s Blue Note club June 11 acknowledges receipt of the Lifetime Achievement In Jazz Journalism Award from the Jazz Journalists Association. Author Gary Giddens, who presented the award, is to the right and 18th annual Awards Event Master of Ceremonies Josh Jackson of WBGO-FM is on the left.
His trilogy of novels "Backwards Over" will see publication in spring 2014. He is currently at work on a memoir and "A W. Royal Stokes Jazz, Blues & Beyond Reader."