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 jazz pianists, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.

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, “Runnin’ Wild: Harlem, the Interwar Years, and the Music that Transformed a Nation.”

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.