Category Archives: Education

I survived the EMP Pop Conference

Wow, that was a crazy month! And another begins, as I return to campus for spring quarter here at UCLA. This quarter system is a real trip . . . between the 10-week courses and the lack of seasons here … Continue reading

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Preview: “Deconstructing the Hang” @ EMP Pop Conference

I’m taking a quick break from my finals week bonanza (this quarter system really takes some getting used to) with a link for those of you who might be curious to take a look at what I’ll be presenting next … Continue reading

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It’s Jazz Academic Conference Season!

So far, one of my favorite parts of the academic lifestyle is the occasional ritual known as the Academic Conference. After having a great time presenting at graduate student conferences nearly two years ago (one of which I recounted at … Continue reading

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Jazz, Max Weber, and the Breakdown of the Protestant Ethic

One of the inevitable rites of passage for graduate school in the humanities comes in that fateful seminar grappling with the intellectual legacy of what is vaguely termed Social Theory. That is exactly what I’m up to this quarter at … Continue reading

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Hunkering Down for a Rough Winter

Well, it’s been three months since I’ve found the time to get back to the blog. But now that I just wrapped up my first quarter of coursework at UCLA, it seems like a good time to poke my head … Continue reading

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Share Your John Coltrane Stories

As the semester winds to a close, it’s final-paper-time for my fellow graduate students in the Jazz History and Research M.A. program at Rutgers-Newark, the illustrious university from which I am about to graduate. Some of them are wrapping up … Continue reading

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Basketball, Grad School, and Jazz — California, Here I Come!

If you’ve been wondering what’s kept me quiet here at the blog for the past couple of months, it has been the extremely stressful and nerve-wracking process that is graduate school admissions. US News’ Education page and Online Graduate Programs both … Continue reading

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Ben Ratliff 1, Smithsonian Jazz Anthology 0

I just read Ben Ratliff’s excellent critique of “Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology” at the New York Times. I have disagreed vehemently with Mr. Ratliff on these electronic pages before, but this time he really hit the nail on the head. … Continue reading

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Winter JazzFest and the White Jazz Narrative: REBOOT

UPDATE: I am re-posting this after taking some time over the weekend to think it through, and added some further thoughts at the end. A more coherent follow-up is also available here. Some of the responses have been very insightful, … Continue reading

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New Jersey Jazz This Week: Nov. 10-16

Benefit for Montclair Academy Scheduled for Sunday By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

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