WILLFRIEDWALD writes about music for The Wall Street Journal and was the jazz and cabaret critic for The New York Sun. He is the author of nine books, including A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers; Stardust Melodies: The Biography of Twelve of America’s Most Popular Songs; Jazz Singing: America’s Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop; Sinatra! The Song Is You; and The Good Life (with Tony Bennett). He has written the liner notes for nearly five hundred CDs, for which he has received eight Grammy nominations. He has also written for Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, American Heritage, and The New York Times, among other publications. He lives in New York City.