Born in Beirut, Lebanon, raised with jazz music, journalist for All About Jazz, Chicago Jazz Magazine and Jazziz. Member of the Jazz Journalist Association.
He has recently organized and headed the selection committee for the 2018 edition of Jazz Journalists' Association's Jazz Photo Contest.
I was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1968. I got exposed to jazz through my father’s record collection. The first jazz album I heard was also my father’s favorite, John Coltrane’s “Ole”.
I grew up during Lebanese civil war, a time of chaos and music in general and jazz in particular helped keep me sane. After finishing medical school, I moved to the US to pursue advanced training in Neurology. Since then I have been listening to recorded and live jazz both on and reading about it extensively. I have a large library of books on jazz as well as albums and am a self-taught jazz critic.
In 2006 I started writing for All About Jazz and so far I have written 376 CD reviews and 45 articles for them. In 2009 I joined Chicago Jazz Magazine and continue to do record reviews for them with an approximate rate of 25 per year. Finally in 2010 I started publishing in Jazziz and have been writing on average six reviews per year for their print and online issues.
I was asked to participate in Downbeat Critics Poll in 2012 and 2013 and also have been participating in the Jazz Journalist Association annual best of jazz polls.
I am slowly working on a book highlighting obscure jazz heroes.
In November of 2013 I participated with trumpeter Louis Smith in a presentation highlighting the role of improvisation in recovery of speech after a stroke.
Professionally I am a practicing neurologist and a professor of neurology at Northwestern University in Chicago. I specialize in sleep medicine. I live in Chicago with my wife, parrots and cats.