joan merrill, author of the Casey McKie mysteries 
murder and mayhem in the world of jazz


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Radio Host - "The Vocalists with JM JAZZ"., South Bend, Indiana
(to see a list of shows and to listen to a sampling, go to|

Producer: Kristi King Tribute Shows
with Kristi King. See

Writer: the Casey McKie mystery series:
And All That Motive (2014)

And All That Madness (2012)

And All That Stalking (2011)
And All That Sea (2010)
And All That Murder (2009)

Talent Management/Booking/Publicist for various jazz singers, 1998-2001
Executive producer for CDs:
“You Don’t Know Me” by Rebecca Parris (2007)
“Well, Alright!” by Nancy Kelly (2009).
"Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day" by Kisti King (2012)

Independent radio producer 1992-2001
Produced 14 shows for NPR’s Jazz Profiles (hosted by Nancy Wilson): Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Ray Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Freddy Cole, Etta Jones, Al Hibbler, Johnny Hartman, Norman Simmons, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Jazz in Song: The Words, Singing Instrumentalists, and The Standards.  The Words was one of five sample programs presented to the Peabody Committee, which selected Jazz Profiles for an award in 2001.

Produced four shows for PRI’s Smithsonian Productions/Jazz Singers:
What Is Jazz Singing, You Are What You Sing (Material), Straight out of the Church, and Ballads.

Independent video producer (Merrill Video Productions) 1984-2000
Produced video documentary Saying It With Jazz, featuring Carmen McRae, Etta Jones, Lorez Alexandria, Carol Sloane, Madeline Eastman, and Rebecca Parris.  Favorable reviews in DownBeat, JazzTimes, and Jazz Now.

Education and Publications
MLA, Stanford University, 2000, thesis topic: “Jazz or Ersatz: the Criteria of Authentic Jazz Singing.”

Liner Notes
How About Me? Ernie Andrews (High Note 2005)
To Etta With Love, Houston Person (High Note 2004)
Sentimental Journey, Houston Person (High Note 2003)
Let It Happen, Janis Mann, Pancake Records (2003)

Website Production:   tribute website

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