Alyn Shipton is the author of several award winning books on music including A New History of Jazz, I Feel a Song Coming On (a biography of songwriter Jimmy McHugh) and Groovin' High: the Life of Dizzy Gillespie. He writes on jazz for The Times in London and has presented jazz programs on BBC radio since 1989, currently hosting Jazz Record Requests every Saturday on BBC Radio 3. In 2010 he was voted Jazz Broadcaster of the Year in the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. In 2014 his biography of Harry Nilsson won an ARSC Award for the best pop music research of the year and an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for pop biography. He is also an accomplished double bassist, having played with many traditional and mainstream jazz bands, and he currently co-leads the Buck Clayton Legacy Band. He lectures in jazz history at the Royal Academy of Music, London.