About the Author

Mike Gerber, born in 1953, left school at 16 and worked in dead-end jobs before going back to studying becoming a journalist in his early thirties. He has written about transport, environmental issues, industrial relations, charities, popular music and urban/rural regeneration. His features have have appeared in The Guardian, Financial Times, New Statesman, The Observer, and on the Channel 4 website.

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 jazz gig to see Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, and Muddy Waters. He lives in east London surrounded by his music (vinyl - always vinyl), books and football programmes. In one corner are his wife and two children.

Jazz Jews is international in scope. It has been ten years in the making and includes 7,000 names in the index alone.