James William Dudley Asman, British retail record company executive, writer. Member National Federation Jazz Organizations (national secretary 1950-1952), London Jazz Record Society (president 1980-1982), Jazz Appreciation Society (editor Jazz Record magazine 1943-1946). Co-editor: Jazz on Record, 1944.
Company director James Asman Ltd., London, since 1953. Jazz writer and critic, 1942-1982. Former jazz and folkmusic columnist, various publications, including London Daily Mirror, 1950-1952, Musical Express, London, 1952-1953, Record Mirror, 1953-1954, London Review, 1951-1952, Jazz Journal, London.
Freelance radio writer, since 1960. Compiler, editor: N.F.J.O. Blue Book, 1952. Author: (with others) The Decca Book of Jazz, 1958, (with Martin Lindsay) Teach Yourself Jazz, 1964.
Lecturer in field.