Vincent Pelote is Senior Archivist and Digital Preservation Strategist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. He has compiled discographies on Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, and a discography on the Commodore Records label. Mr. Pelote is one of the contributors to the Oxford Companion to Jazz. He has written a number of album program/liner notes on Lee Konitz, Johnny Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Benny Carter, Curtis Fuller, and others. He has written book and sound recording reviews for the ARSC Journal and Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.
Sean Lorre is a musicologist, popular music historian, and instructor at Rutgers University-Newark and Mason Gross’s Arts Online division. His research takes an interdisciplinary perspective on issues of genre formation, representation, and the racial and gender politics of transatlantic jazz and popular music networks. His work has appeared in the journals Popular Music and the Journal of Popular Music Studies.
"The Bridge" Section Editor
Lawrence Davies is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University (UK). His research focuses on the globalisation of African American blues and jazz. He has published in Jazz Research Journal and The Global South, and has work forthcoming in Jazzforschung, The Songwriting Studies Journal, and The Oxford History of Jazz in Europe. Before moving to Newcastle, Lawrence was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Jazz Research at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz.
Book Review Editor
Jeffrey Sultanof is a musician, composer, arranger, conductor, historian, editor, author and teacher. He worked at Warner Bros. Publications from 1977-1994. From 1994-2002, he was an editor and consultant with the Hal Leonard Corporation. He is the author of Experiencing Big Band Jazz: a Listener’s Companion.
Paul F. Berliner is an ethnomusicologist and retired professor of music from 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.
Barbara Bleij is a 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.
Kate Doyle is an Assistant Professor of Music in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Doyle’s writing, research, and creative work explores music and sound in visual and performance art, particularly experimental and conceptual art practices.
Stefon Harris is a jazz vibraphonist and educator who has recorded as a sideman with Kenny Barron, Diana Krall, Buster Williams and others. As a leader his recordings include Sonic Creed, Urbanus, and African Tarantella: Dances with Duke. He currently serves on the faculty in the department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers-Newark as percussion instructor.
Andrew Homzy is a musicologist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and professor of music at Concordia University in Montreal.
Ethan Iverson, pianist and composer best known for his work in the trio The Bad Plus, has worked with Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, and Charlie Haden. His writings and interviews can be found at his blog, Do the Math.
Lawrence Kart is a 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.
Tammy Kernodle is the University Distinguished Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is the author of Soul on Soul: the Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams.
Bill Kirchner is a composer, arranger, saxophonist, jazz historian, and educator. He is currently on the faculty of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program of The New School and the Jazz Arts Program of the Manhattan School of Music. He is editor of The Oxford Companion to Jazz and The Miles Davis Reader.
Henry Martin, professor emeritus of music at Rutgers University–Newark, is a composer and music theorist. His most recent CD is Selected Piano Music (Albany Records TROY1171), as performed by Hilary Demske. He is founder and former chair of the Interest Group in Jazz Theory of the Society for Music Theory. He is the author of Charlie Parker and Thematic Improvisation and the jazz history textbook, Jazz: The First Hundred Years (coauthored with Keith Waters).
Judith Tick is a professor emerita from Northeastern University. She has published books and articles about American classical music (Copland, Ives, Ruth Crawford Seeger) and Women's History (co-editor of Women Making Music. The Western Art Tradition 1150-1950; article on "women and music" in Oxford Music Online). She is currently at work on a biography of Ella Fitzgerald.
Linda Dahl Vogl is the author of two jazz books: Stormy Weather: the Music and Lives of a Century of Jazzwomen and Morning Glory: a Biography of Mary Lou Williams.
Emeritus Board Members
Benny Golson, 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).
Dan Morgenstern, former editor of the Journal of Jazz Studies, Executive Director Emeritus of the Institute of Jazz Studies, author of Living with Jazz: A Reader, former editor of Downbeat. He is an eight-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of the 2007 NEA Jazz Masters award.
Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophonist and composer. A two-time Grammy winner (2000 and 2004) he also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (2004). 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).