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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.

OK, it’s been too long since I’ve posted anything at the blog — again — but rather than shut things down entirely (as I did in September) I am trying a slightly different strategy for combating the chain of events (too busy to read other jazz blogs, focus my writing energy elsewhere, too tired to write at the blog, get further out of the loop …) that keep me from posting.

Every so often, I will attempt to re-present interesting facets of the academic discussions that occur during my classes in the M.A. program in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University. Last week, I lead a class discussion on the influential call to arms by jazz scholar and American Studies professor Sherrie Tucker, entitled “Deconstructing the Jazz Tradition: The ‘Subjectless Subject’ of New Jazz Studies.” Now, that might seem like a mouthful of academic jargon, but it was actually quite an inspirational read (unfortunately, the text of the article is not freely available online, but you can buy a copy here if you’re interested.) Read the rest of this entry »

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