Will Friedwald writes about jazz and popular music for The Wall Street Journal and is the author of eight books on music and popular culture, including the new and critically acclaimed A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. Dubbed (by Past Times magazine) "The Poet Laureate of vintage pop music," he is internationally recognized as a leading authority on jazz and adult pop music, as well as Broadway shows, jazz and pop vocalists, big bands, and classic American pop.
Friedwald’s other books include Stardust Melodies: the Biography of Twelve of America's Most Popular Songs and Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond. He is also the author of Tony Bennett's autobiography The Good Life and Sinatra! The Song is You: A Singer's Art, which was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as the "single most important book on Sinatra ever published."
The author of over 600 liner notes for CD reissues, Friedwald has received eight Grammy nominations for album notes and production. He has written for Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, The New York Sun, The New York Times, Oxford American, New York, Entertainment Weekly, New York Newsday, L.A. Weekly, Mojo, BBC Music Magazine, Fi(Delity), The New York Observer, Stereo Review, Stereo Review Sound & Vision and numerous music and film journals.
A seasoned commentator, Friedwald has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs over the last two decades, including Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Biography's profiles of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Tony Bennett and Mel Tormé. He is featured in the theatrical documentaries: Louis Prima: The Wildest!, ‘Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris, and Anita O’Day: The Life Of A Jazz Singer, as well as the PBS series Soundtrack Of The Century.