Perry Tannenbaum has been covering the performing arts scene in Charlotte, NC, for Creative Loafing since its inaugural issue in 1987. He also contributes regularly to American Record Guide, Dance International, JazzTimes, and TheaterMania. Beyond Charlotte, he also regularly reviews Spoleto Festival USA and the New York City scene – Broadway, off-Broadway, the Met, classical concert venues, and jazz clubs. A devout believer in the busman's holiday, Tannenbaum has also published review roundups from the Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Spoleto Italy, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, Stratford Festival of Canada, Shaw Festival, and most recently, the 9th Annual Jazz Cruise. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America.
Born in New York, where he completed his undergraduate work at Queens College of CUNY, Perry holds an MA in English from Western Washington University. He has been a Southerner since 1972 when he came to teach at the University of South Carolina and study writing under the guidance of poet James Dickey. He traces his love of music to his parents, who met at the Met in the early 40s and are proudly loyal – and opinionated – subscribers to this day. His love of music has withstood successive frustrating attempts to master piano, clarinet, and guitar.