Christopher J. Wells is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute School of Music and Managing Editor of the Journal of Jazz Studies. He received his PhD in 2014 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his dissertation on drummer/bandleader Chick Webb and swing music in Harlem during the Great Depression received the Society for American Music’s Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award and UNC’s Glen Haydon Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Musicology. A social jazz dancer for over a decade, Dr. Wells is currently writing a book about the history of jazz music’s ever-shifting relationship with popular dance.
Paul F. Berliner
, ethnomusicologist and professor of music at Duke University. His books include Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation
and The Soul of Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe
, senior teacher (jazz and classical) at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and former editor of the Dutch Journal of Music Theory
(1996–2007). Her scholarly work includes studies of Lennie Tristano, Clare Fischer, and Wayne Shorter.
, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory at the University of Michigan, and a pianist and bandleader with his much-recorded Chicago Jazz Band. His works include Jelly Roll Morton: The Collected Piano Music
, tenor saxophonist and composer, with over 30 albums and several jazz standards (“Whisper Not,” “Stablemates,” “I Remember Clifford”) to his credit. He holds honorary doctorates from Berklee School of Music (Boston) and William Paterson (Wayne, NJ).
, musicologist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and professor of music at Concordia University in Montreal.
, pianist and composer best known for his work in the trio The Bad Plus. He has worked with Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, and Charlie Haden, and his writings and interviews can be found at his blog, Do the Math
, tenor saxophonist, arranger, and educator. He has worked with Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, and Lionel Hampton, among others, and was director of jazz studies at Duke University from 1983 to 2003.
, music critic, former editor of the Chicago Tribune
book review, and former associate editor of Down Beat
. His collection of writings, Jazz in Search of Itself
, was recently published by Yale University Press.
, composer, arranger, saxophonist, jazz historian, and educator. He is editor of The Oxford Companion to Jazz
and The Miles Davis Reader
, tenor saxophonist and composer. In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A. B. Spellman
, author of Four Lives in the Bebop Business
, accomplished poet, and longtime arts administrator for the NEA (the NEA’s Jazz Masters award for jazz advocacy is named after him).
, professor of composition and music theory at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and author of several scholarly articles on jazz theory.
*Professor Strunk died February 2012.