Degrees

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies, New England Conservatory, 2006
  • Master of Music (M.M.) in Jazz Studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music, Amherst College, 1990

Teaching

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Research

Current Projects

I am a jazz musician interested in how race, culture, and political economy intersect with music. My current projects include an article on the social agenda attached to the formation of the jazz program at New England Conservatory in the late 1960s, namely, to integrate black students into the conservatory. I am also preparing Suite for Clarinet and String Quartet, a piece I had commissioned by composer Ryan Truesdell, for a series of performances and a recording. Finally, I am working to start an academic record label as a new model for disseminating audio recordings.

Selected Recordings as a Leader

  • The Need's Got To Be So Deep (Hipnotic 2014)
  • The Edenfred Files (Hipnotic 2013)
  • Stories in Real Time (Hipnotic 2009)
  • Y'All Got It: Music from The Wiz (Hipnotic 2004)
  • Triphony (Hipnotic 2004)

Selected Recordings as a Contributor

  • Helen Sung, Sung with Words (Stricker Street Records 2018)
  • Todd Marcus, On These Streets (Stricker Street Records 2018)
  • Brian Landrus, Generations (Blue Land Records 2017)
  • Marianne Solivan, Prisoner of Love (Hipnotic Records 2012)
  • Lefteris Kordis, Oh Raven, If You Only Had Brains: Songs for Aesop’s Fables (Inner Circle Music 2012)

Selected Performances

  • Jason Moran’s Harlem Hellfighters: James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Washington, DC, December 8, 2018.
  • The Onus with Special Guest Todd Marcus, The Motor House, Baltimore, MD, February 24, 2018. 
  • The Lullaby Project—VCU, Virginia Commonwealth University, May 2017. 
  • Cross-cultural recital of Chinese classical, European classical, and Jazz, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, April 13, 2017. 
  • Lynn Baker, “Reimagining Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid Suite,” International Society for Improvised Music, Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland, July 11, 2015. 
  • “A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding,” University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa – guest artist for student-faculty exchange concert, 2013.