Aidan Levy is the author of "Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins" and "Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed," and editor of "Patti Smith on Patti Smith: Interviews and Encounters." A former Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellow, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, JazzTimes, The Nation and other publications. He holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where he has served as co-convener of the African American Studies Colloquium and works with the Center for Jazz Studies. For ten years, he was the baritone saxophonist in the Stan Rubin Orchestra.