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Author Bios: Mark Ruffin

The release of Bebop Fairy Tales: A Historical Fiction Trilogy on Jazz, Intolerance and Baseball in 2020 coincides with the celebration of Mark Ruffin’s 40th year in broadcasting and journalism.

Since 2007, the double Emmy winner and Grammy nominee has been the program director of the Real Jazz channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Before that he spent over 25 years as a fixture in jazz broadcasting and journalism in Chicago including winning two Emmy Awards for his efforts in bringing stories about jazz to television on WTTW-TV/Chicago.

Mr. Ruffin worked for over 25 years as Jazz Editor for Chicago Magazine and has written hundreds of articles on jazz, broadcasting and African-American culture. His articles have appeared in a variety of local and national publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Down Beat, Jazziz, N’Digo, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Playboy, Ebony and dozens of other publications.

He has produced radio for Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Ramsey Lewis, Marcus Miller, Steppenwolf Theatre, Christian McBride and many more. He has produced music for Rene Marie, Charenee Wade, Giacomo Gates, Lauren Henderson, George Freeman and others.

He is winner of both the Jazz Journalists Association Career Excellence in Broadcasting Award and the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award from In 2019 he was honored by Jazzmobile with their NYC Jazz Readers Award.

Mr. Ruffin lives in New York City with his wife Valerie and 5000 cd’s. Bebop Fairy Tales: A Historical Fiction Trilogy on Jazz, Intolerance and Baseball is his first book. It won two 2021 Feathered Quill Book Awards and is a 2021 Jazz Journalists Association Book of the Year nominee.

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Daniel King- Mother Jones 8/18/20

Jay Trachtenberg- Austin Chronicle Dec./2020

Marilyn Lester- New York City Jazz Record Feb/2021

Terri Lyne Carrington, Founder/Artistic Director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice- from the Foreward

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