Ben Ratliff

Journalist and author, b. 1968, New York, NY; lives in Bronx, NY.

Journalist and Authob. New York City 1968; raised in New York, London, and Rockland County, NY.  B.A. in Classics, Columbia College, 1990. Lives in Bronx, NY.

Jazz and pop critic for the New York Times 1996-2016.   Author of four books: Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (2016); The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002).

Other writing for New York Review of Books, 4Columns, Pitchfork,, SlateRolling StoneEsquire, Guardian, Village Voice, Coda, GrantaBookforumJazz Times, Wire, a.o.

Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.