Just a brief entry today to wish a happy birthday to Christiern Albertson, jazz historian/archivist, record producer, critic and radio announcer. Albertson is probably best known for his biography on Bessie Smith, Bessie (1972). Born in 1931 in Reykjavik, he emigrated to the US in 1957. An individual who, in the 1960s, brought traditional jazz and blues musicians (Elmer Snowden, Meade Lux Lewis, Lil Armstrong) to LP-weaned audiences, he produced sessions for the Riverside, Columbia, and Prestige labels and worked as the general manager for WBAI-FM in New York. In the 1970s, he curated a PBS television program, The Jazz Set.
That is, of course, only a slight and partially-informed blurb on someone who has done a hell of a lot of work in this music (and whose autobiography can't come soon enough).
Read Christiern's blog here and wish him a happy 78th birthday!