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Brian Morton (born 1954) is a Scottish writer, journalist and broadcaster, mainly specialising in jazz and modern literature. Born in Paisley, near Glasgow and raised in Dunoon, Morton was educated at Edinburgh University and taught in the late 1970s at the University of East Anglia (under Malcolm Bradbury) and the University of Tromsų in Norway.
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A former Literary Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and contributor to The Times, he went freelance about 1992, returning to a Scottish base at around the same time.
From 1992 to 1997 Morton was the main presenter of Impressions for Radio 3, a fortnightly Jazz and improvised music programme. For more than a decade Morton was a familiar voice on music programmes and features on other arts related subjects on the London based BBC networks. For some years he was the presenter and producer of The Usual Suspects, subsequently The Brian Morton Show on BBC Radio Scotland, until 2003 when he resigned after criticising the BBC's art coverage. He currently writes and farms on the West of Scotland, with his wife, landscape photographer Sarah MacDonald. They have one son. Morton also has two older daughters.
He is co-author (with the late Richard Cook) of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (formerly ...on CD), whose ninth edition (undertaken single-handed following Cook's premature death in 2007) was published at the end of October 2008. He is also the author of The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Contemporary Music (1996), which covers modern classical music. Morton was a frequent contributor to Jazz Review magazine, he was briefly editor in 2008; the magazine was absorbed by Jazz Journal in 2009, for which Morton has written.
Morton's non-jazz books include translations from the Norwegian of Jonas Lie, Miles Davis (Haus Publishing), Prince: Thief in the Temple (Canongate Books) and Shostakovich (Haus). A short biography of the writer Edgar Allan Poe appeared in November 2009.
Brian Morton has been a 'Comment' columnist in the Scottish edition of the Observer newspaper and, like his American namesake, is an occasional contributor to The Nation magazine. Morton holds an honorary D.Litt. from the University of St Andrews, awarded on St Andrews Day, 2000, for services to Scottish broadcasting and cultural life.