Jazz Lands is all about exploring jazz, blues, rock, jambands, Americana, altcountry, funk, world music, bluegrass and other forms of music, as well as movies and books, with longtime music journalist and bassist Philip Booth.
Philip was the full-time pop music critic for the major daily newspaper Tampa Tribune from 1988 to 1996, and he regularly contributes to Jazz Times, Jazziz, Relix, and other publications. He recently reviewed several books for the Washington Post.
His byline additionally has appeared online at popmatters.com and Salon.com, and in the pages of many magazines and newspapers, including DownBeat, Bass Player, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Spin, CMJ New Music Monthly, Option, the Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Miami New Times, the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Petersburg Times), Las Vegas CityLife, Orlando Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing (Tampa), Creative Loafing/Atlanta, Detroit Metro Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and many other publications. In addition to working at the (now-defunct) Tampa Tribune, he worked as a staff reporter with the Lakeland Ledger, Florida Today, and the Winter Haven News-Chief.
His short story, “The Night Frank Sinatra Saved Pop’s Life,” was published in Florida English, and he has contributed essays and reviews on pop-culture subjects to Literature Film Quarterly, the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of American Culture, and online journal Saw Palm. In 2006, Philip received his M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, where he won the Anspaugh Award for fiction. He nevertheless bleeds orange and blue, thanks to a B.A. in history from the University of Florida.
Philip plays upright and electric bass with Acme Jazz Garage, Swan City Jazz Project and other bands. The native of Lakeland, Fla., lives in Tampa with his wife Callie and their basset hound Skipper; they have two adult children, son Chase and daughter Carly.