I became obsessed with coffee when my best friend bought me a one-mug Melitta machine – a cheap comment on my lifestyle, I thought, but an undeniably accurate one. I became obsessed with jazz only after I became obsessed with rock, which was only after I became obsessed with Hootenanny, which was only after I became obsessed with the Playmates’ “Beep Beep” – go, little Nash Rambler, go! I also write about jazz for JazzTimes and pronounce about it for WDCB Public Radio in Glen Ellyn, IL.,, having covered the beat for many years for the Chicago Sun-Times. I write about books for Kirkus Reviews and wrote a recently published one for the scholastic set, American Country: Bluegrass, Honky Tonk and Crossover Sounds. In the deep, dark past (but who’s counting?), I was senior editor at No Depression, Hot Type columnist for the Reader, contributing music editor for Chicago magazine and intrepid Midwest writer for Rolling Stone. And I was the voice of “Sachs and the Cinema” on WXRT in Chicago and co-host of the “Writers Bloc” jazz program on WNUR in Evanston, IL. I’m an adjunct at Columbia College Chicago, where I teach arts reviewing.