Don Nelsen, a writer and critic for the New York Daily News for the better part of four decades, has died. According to the newspaper, Mr. Nelsen died Sept. 9, three days after his 75th birthday. After starting as a copyboy for the paper in 1947, Mr. Nelsen became a feature writer for the magazine section before taking a seven-year break to teach at Manhattan College and his alma mater, NYU. He returned to the News in 1967 and eventually began reviewing jazz performances and recordings, as well as Off-Broadway theatre, 1973-1991. His last project was a book about jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Current chief critic of the Daily News Harold Kissel told Playbill On-Line (Sept. 14) that he respected Mr. Nelsen because, "He was a very knowledgeable man, not only about the theatre but about jazz, and he had many friends in both areas. People respected his judgment. And he was a very sweet man."
— By David Lefkowitz