James Gavin, Author, Journalist
Author and journalist James Gavin’s most recent book, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne was called "magnificent ... gripping, marvelously written" by Liz Smith, who added: "[It] may just be one of the best biographies about show business, race, love, sex, and music ever written." Gavin's previous book, Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker, was called “a landmark in entertainment biography” in the Hollywood Reporter and “almost unbearably vivid” in the New York Times. His first book, Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret, won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, along with raves from John S. Wilson of the New York Times (“vividly reported … etched in acid”) and Gerald Nachman of the San Francisco Chronicle (“wild and wistful … a remarkably informed, insightful, definitive look at Manhattan nightlife”).
His forthcoming biography, Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee is about to be published.
Born in Manhattan, Gavin is also a much-published freelance journalist who has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time Out New York, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post. He has contributed liner notes to over 400 CDs; his essay for the GRP box set Ella Fitzgerald – The Legendary Decca Recordings earned a Grammy nomination. Gavin also lectures extensively, has appeared in several documentaries (including the E! True Hollywood Story on Doris Day and Anita O'Day: The Life and Times of a Jazz Singer), and has made over two hundred radio appearances, including multiple interviews with NPR, the BBC, and Australia's ABC Network. He has been seen on the Today show, Good Morning America, and the PBS NewsHour.
Gavin is currently touring internationally with Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Project, a concert that stars former Supreme Mary Wilson, the Larry Dunlap Trio, and Gavin as narrator/host.
James Gavin is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):