We've lost one of our finest critics—but he was much more than that for me. Let me tell you how I met Terry.
Thank you for that!
Thanks much for this, Ted. I learned of Terry's death only when I saw the headline to your piece.
Thanks very much, Ted. I wish I had met him. I never met him, but from your description of him I cannot imagine anyone being more aptly named. I'm glad he was there for you.
Now I'm reminded of the Terry Teachout's in my life. Thanks.
Great memory, Ted. I picked up Terry’s first-rate bio of Ellington then Satchmo. His passion for music poured off the page.
This is a wonderful, loving tribute. I only had a few virtual interactions with Terry, but I was/am a fan of his work. Thank you for writing this!
Really lovely remembrance, Ted.
We only arrive at our destinations on the shoulders of others - the luckiest among us find those who are capable of carrying a heavy or complicated load -- I'm glad you found such a mentor.
I’ve enjoyed Teachout’s writings for years and met him once at a book event. Now I have a greater insight into the man. Thanks for the lovely piece.
Wonderful tribute, Ted.
A real loss and heartbreak. Reading Terry, especially his coverage of what was available to stream during Covid, was a joy and comfort.
What a beautiful tribute!
Thanks for that heartfelt tribute. I followed Terry for decades. Though I never met him he was a big help to me when Katrina hit New Orleans (through his blog and a few personal emails), believe it or not. There is another great post on JazzWax about Terry.
I found this lovely tribute online. So many of us mourn Terry. You had a wonderful friendship with a great mentor. Thanks for posting this.
He was incisive about identifying flaws in a work, but he also always maintained what Samuel Johnson (I believe) said was a prerequisite for a fine critic: when he went to a show (or watched a movie or listened to music), Terry Teachout had "a willingness to be pleased." His death is a great loss to American arts.