Ted Gioia (born October 21, 1957) is a noted jazz critic and music historian, best known for his books The History of Jazz and Delta Blues, both selected as notable books of the year by The New York Times. He is one of the editors in chief of the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. He is also a jazz musician and one of the founders of Stanford University's jazz studies program. He is the author of several other books on music, including West Coast Jazz (1992), Healing Songs (2006), Work Songs (2006) and The Birth (and Death) of the Cool (2009). His most recent book is The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, published by Oxford University Press in July 2012. A second fully updated and expanded edition of The History of Jazz was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.