President of the Jazz Journalists Association, author, educator, editor, webcaster, blogger, print journalist and board member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Two-time winner of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, Howard Mandel has been published by the the Village Voice, Chicago Reader, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Musical America, Rytmit (Helsinki), The Wire (London), Swing Journal (Tokyo) and Bravo! (Sao Paolo), among other periodicals.
Howard Mandel is an author (Future Jazz, Oxford University Press, 1999; Miles Ornette Cecil – Jazz Beyond Jazz, Routledge, 2008), editor (of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues, Billboard Books, 2005), print journalist (editorial positions at Chicago Daily news, DownBeat, Billboard, Guitar World, Ear and Rhythm Music magazines), broadcaster (National Public Radio arts reporter), educator (adjunct associate professor at New York University 1987 - 2014), webcaster (editor of www.JJANews.org), blogger (ArtsJournal.com/JazzBeyondJazz), lecturer (speaking in Armenia and Kiev under U.S. State Department auspices in 2002, and widely elsewhere), and president of the Jazz Journalists Association, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit professional organization. Two-time winner of ASCAP's Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, Mandel has been published by the the Village Voice, Chicago Reader, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Musical America, Rytmit (Helsinki), The Wire (London), Swing Journal (Tokyo) and Bravo! (Sao Paolo), among other periodicals. He has annotated recordings released by many record labels, contributed to Chicago Real Book (Jazz Institute of Chicago, 2019), New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Oxford Companion to Jazz (OUP, 2000), and Reflections on American Music: The 20th Century and the New Millennium (Pendragon Press, 2000), among other anthologies and journals.
Mandel has produced the radio series Jazz Chicago (1978 - 80) and Jazz Chicago Revisited (2019), Improvisers Unlimited (1992-'93), scores of arts reports for National Public Radio's Morning Edition and Satellite Program Development Fund and for the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as recordings by blues singer Mama Estella Yancey, American roots pianist Erwin Helfer, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, and the anthology Future Jazz: Breakthrough Tracks. He has been a media consultant and/or panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, Arts International Foundation, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Mid-Atlantic Arts Association and Meet the Composer. He is currently secretary on the board of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Mandel is also producer of the annual JJA Jazz Awards, and has coordinated public symposia at several educational institutions (besides having created a portfolio of courses for New York University and lessons for JazzInAmerica.org's National Jazz Curriculum).