About Me

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I am an active scholar, musician, and writer who specializes in jazz history and American music, the Harlem Renaissance, and issues of race and class. I also have a keen interest in, and passion for, the lives and music of such disparate artists as Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk to Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, with interdisciplinary research in mental illness and the artistic temperament.

I was recently awarded the 2019 Morroe Berger – Benny Carter – Ed Berger Jazz Research Fellowship at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.

I am presently pursuing the Doctor of Arts and Letters degree (with a concentration in jazz history) at Drew University where my dissertation is entitled, “Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya: Jazz as Social Commentary in Harlem of the 1920s.”

Outside of my jazz scholarship, I am also an impassioned composer. My eclecticism and inspiration draw on the harmonic lexicon of Bill Evans, the songwriting of Bruce Hornsby, the film scores of Thomas Newman, and the Romantic lyricism of Johannes Brahms.

I spend the majority of my time teaching and writing; my work can be seen in publications by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, Salem Press, Scarecrow Press, University of Michigan Press, ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press and SAGE Publications.