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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 »
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.
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.
As I mentioned earlier, the year 2010 will see me delving deeply into the still-emerging field of jazz academia. As a part of that process, I’m going to be reading a lot of books and articles. Furthermore, I am going to be summarizing and commenting on their contents for my own research.
Given that, I thought that Lubricity would be a good place for me to share these thoughts, and provide a place for others to share their own opinions on the subjects that these books discuss, all of which are relevant to the current issues of jazz writing to which I have always paid particular attention here at the blog.
The first book that I’ve been reading, New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History by Bruce Boyd Raeburn, has been a real eye-opener. The book takes a look at how “New Orleans style” has been codified. He cleverly posits that the rigid understanding of the style that began to develop in the late 1930s — instrumentation, repertoire, etc. — was influenced primarily not by New Orleans musicians, but by record collectors: a white, educated, leftist parallel culture that developed alongside recorded jazz. Read the rest of this entry »
This year has blessed me with a series of steps forward for which I am very grateful, many of them related to my work in jazz documented here from May through September. I thought that a look back at this past year, the first in which I have really found a home in the jazz community, would be a good way to start my 2010 blogging odyssey anew.
2009 began with a big move: just after Christmas, I drove from California to New Jersey, arriving on January 2nd. Along the way, I stopped for lunch in Vernon, TX, Jack Teagarden’s hometown, which I learned was completely in the absolute middle of nowhere and smells like cow pies. My girlfriend Marina joined me for the trip, and we celebrated the new year inauspiciously at a Days Inn in Roanoke, Virginia. Read the rest of this entry »