Who: Music critic for The Nation and author of Lush Life and other books.
Big gig: Waiting for the Angel, out Aug. 28 on Miranda Music. Hajdu collaborated with songwriters and composers including Jill Sobule. They wrote the music, he penned the lyrics, and the resulting songs were recorded by different singers and musicians.
Sounds like: Chet Baker and Annie Proulx trading riffs at The Blue Note.