Alyn Shipton is an award-winning author and broadcaster, who is jazz critic for The Times in London, and a presenter/producer of jazz programmes for BBC Radio. He has written biographies of Fats Waller, Bud Powell (written with Alan Groves) and Dizzy Gillespie. His monumental New History of Jazz, published in 2001, was Jazz Journalists Book of the Year, and won Alyn the coveted “Jazz Writer of the Year” title in the British Jazz Awards. In 2003 he won the Willis Conover / Marian McPartland Award for lifetime achievement in Jazz Broadcasting. He has been a lecturer in music at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, (2002-3), teaching the jazz history course, and he has also given lectures on jazz and American popular music at Exeter University and at the Institute for United States Studies in the University of London. Committed to exploration of music in all its forms, he says he is fascinated by the Jimmy McHugh story, as McHugh is "a one-man history of American popular music in the 20th century from ragtime to rock". His book "I Feel a Song Coming On, The Life of Jimmy McHugh" is to be published in 2007.