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I'm an Assistant Arts Editor at the Boston Globe, where I am responsible for overseeing the paper's music and visual arts coverage: features, previews, reviews, and so on. I arrived in May of 2014, and hit the ground running.

(Please do not use the mail link above for Globe pitches, proposals or other business. The proper address for that is steven.smith [at] globe [dot] com.)

Prior to that, I lived in New York City and points near by for 20 years. I spent close to 13 years working for Time Out New York, initially as the classical music editor, and eventually also as the pop music editor. For just over seven years concurrently, I also contributed reviews and features regularly to The New York Times.

In years past, I've been the classical-music industry columnist for Billboard, an assistant editor for Jazziz, and a freelance contributor to a wide variety of newspapers and magazines: the Washington Post, Village Voice, Symphony, Chamber Music, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Decibel, The Wire and Signal to Noise (RIP) among them.

I used to review new classical CDs for the syndicated radio program Weekend America. For a while, I talked about new rock CDs and concerts every Tuesday morning around 8:30am on Matt Pinfield's morning show on the late, lamented WRXP-FM 101.9.

I spent some earlier years as a publicist for a pretty remarkable bunch of classical and jazz record labels, artists and performance venues, and started off way back when as a radio host for a now-defunct classical radio station in Houston.

I graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, TX in 1984, and from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 1988.

I've played the drums in rock bands and jazz combos, as well as timpani (my specialty) and assorted percussive implements in various school and amateur ensembles. Never, I might add, for the rock band Journey... although I did once receive one of that guy's paychecks for an article I didn't write. (I returned it.)

If you want to send something to me, here's the most reliable snail-mail address:

Boston Globe
P.O. Box 55819
Boston MA 02205

And for UPS, FedEx, and other couriers:

Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd
Boston MA 02125