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This announcement is very last-minute, but if you’re in the NYC area and don’t have any plans tonight, come hear me give a talk at Rutgers-Newark’s Institute of Jazz Studies on my Master’s thesis research. The title of the talk is “White and Blue: Alternate Takes on Jack Teagarden” and will give a broad overview of my attempt to understand Teagarden’s music and its place in American (and global) society.

The details: tonight, April 21, at 7:00 PM, at the Institute of Jazz Studies (4th floor Dana library, map here)

I hope to see you there! If not, I’ll get a recording and would be happy to share it with any interested parties.

This cartoon version of Patrick Jarenwattananon demonstrates what I'll be doing often this spring

When it rains, it pours!  I haven’t been writing much here at the blog, mostly because I’ve been busy preparing for Montreal, attending class, and writing my MA thesis.  Expect something to chew on in the next week or so.

In the meantime, I’ve been asked to present even more research in the next two months!  All in all, I have four presentations on my spring calendar, and would be honored if you came to check out any of them:

1) The Jazz Journalism Association presents the research of three jazz scholars under 30: yours truly on Jack Teagarden, Paul Brady on Django Reinhardt and Jared Negley on Sonny Sharrock.  The panel will be hosted by David Adler and Howard Mandel.  Tuesday, March 9, 6-8 PM at the New School.

2) The aforementioned presentation at the McGill Music Graduate Symposium.  March 12-14 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

3) The same presentation, “Rhythmic Dissonance in the Early Improvisation of Jack Teagarden” at the University of Cincinnati Music Theory and Musicology Society‘s 2010 Graduate Student Conference.  April 9-10 in Cincinnati, OH.

4) A roundtable discussion and overview of my research at the Institute of Jazz Studies, part of their monthly Jazz Research Roundtable series.  April 21, 7-9 PM at the Institute of Jazz Studies in Newark, NJ.

I hope to see some of you there — maybe even meet you for the first time.  In the meantime, bear with me as I try to keep my head above water while continuing to provide you with jazz-related food for thought.

When I started this blog, I chose the title Lubricity for a variety of reasons.  Most important among those was that I felt that it aptly described the ever-shifting state of the music today.  Well, jazz isn’t the only thing going through some changes this month!

Last week, I had the privilege of working with Institute of Jazz Studies Assistant Director (and master photographer) Ed Berger on a new header image for the site.  He graciously allowed me to borrow Jack Teagarden’s trombone from the rare items room for the shoot:

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If you look closely, you’ll see that my mouthpiece barely fits into the end of the instrument — definitely the smallest trombone I’ve ever held that wasn’t an alto horn.  He even let me toot a couple of notes on the instrument, although the slide was in such bad shape that it could barely move, so I wasn’t able to get much music out of the thing.  Still, I felt so close to his spirit blowing through that instrument — even though he’s been dead for over 40 years.

But I wasn’t there just to hang out with the horn — my idea was to use it for the new header image for Lubricity.  Ed and I tried a bunch of things but settled on the window of the Dana Room, across the hall from the IJS.

The final photo appears above as the new header image for Lubricity: me playing the Teagarden trombone with a Rutgers-Newark dorm looking on in approval.  Think of it as a symbol of the newer, shinier things to come!

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