MemberAndrew Berish


Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ‘40s. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.


Andrew Berish is an Associate Professor who holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles and B.A. in History from Columbia University. Dr. Berish’s current research focuses on the relationship between musical expression and the social experience of space and place. His current book, Lonesome Roads and Streets of Dreams: Place, Mobility, and Race in Jazz of the 1930s and ’40s (University of Chicago Press, 2012), examines the ways swing-era jazz represented the geographic and demographic transformations of American life during the Great Depression and Second World War. He has published articles on 1930s “sweet” jazz and guitarist Django Reinhardt in The Journal of the Society for American Music and Jazz Perspectives. A recent essay on Duke Ellington in the 1930s appears in the Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington , edited by Ed Green (Cambridge University Press, 2015). He is currently at work on a study of Tin Pan Alley song during the Depression and Second World War as well as a second project on jazz hating. His research interests include topics in jazz and American popular music, theories of space and place, and ideologies of race. He teaches courses on American culture of the 1930s and ’40s, jazz and civil rights, the analysis of popular music, and the role of place and mobility in American historical experience.

MemberIsaac Maupin

…Documenting Jazz, Dublin Ireland January 17-19, 2019:
Photographing the Carnival of Swing: An Immigrant’s Perspective on the First Jazz Festival

Society f…
…raphs. New York Public Library.

“Carnival of Swing: Uncovering an Historic Jazz Concert at Randall’s Island Stadium, 1938.” New York Public Library…

Isaac Maupin is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the University of Kentucky’s Ethnomusicology/Musicology program. Prior to attending the University of Kentucky, he attended Otterbein University where he received a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance in 2013. Following the completion of his undergraduate study, Isaac lived in Boston and performed in various rock ensembles. At UK, Isaac teaches undergraduate courses on the History of Jazz, Creativity and Innovation in Rock Music, and Music Appreciation. In addition to teaching, Isaac has performed in various ensembles at UK including jazz combos, Korean drumming, and the gamelan. In the summer of 2017, he worked as an intern in the archive of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. As an intern, Isaac assisted in the curation of two collections of jazz-related materials. Additionally, Isaac has research interest in the music of the 1960s and has contributed to a publication about the role of music in activist movements of the 1960s. His current research focuses on jazz and activism, and centers specifically on Honk! A Festival of Activist Street Bands. Isaac has served the president of FOCUS@UK, a student organization that promotes research in music, and serves as the IT Director of the Graduate Student Congress. He is also the graduate student representative of the South Central Chapter of the American Musicological Society and serves on the Public Relations Committee of the Society of American Music.

MemberLawrence Davies

…sity, Mainz, 27-30 June 2018

‘Revivalist Ideologies in British Traditional Jazz, c. 1940-55’, invited paper presented at British    Music and Ideology …
…the Everyday Conoisseurship of “Hot Rhythm” Records in Interwar Britain’, Jazz Research Journal, 13.1-2 (2019, forthcoming).

‘British Blues’, Bloo…

I am a researcher, pianist, and harmonica player specialising in the history of blues and jazz. I completed my PhD – entitled British Encounters with Blues and Jazz in Transatlantic Circulation, c.1929-1960 – in April 2018. I am interested in the international circulation of African American music and the changing political, economic, and moral values of musical production and consumption during the twentieth century.

MemberBen Baker

“Standard Practices: Intertextuality and Improvisation in Jazz Performances of Recent Popular Music” (SMT 2018, MTSMA 2018)
“Quality Co…
…D., Music Theory, Eastman School of Music (anticipated completion 2020)
M.M. Jazz Piano Performance, New York University (2011)
B.A., Music and Mathematic…

I’m a Ph.D. student and Sproull Fellow in music theory at the Eastman School of Music. My research focuses primarily on improvisation, including the development and modeling of improvisational fluency, the role of improvisation in jazz and popular music, and related issues of embodiment and flow. I also study mathematical models of musical spaces. I’m a dynamic and skilled teacher – after my first year teaching in the undergraduate theory curriculum, I was awarded Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. I also serve on the board of the Music Theory Society of New York State, and the editorial staff of Intégral. Prior to coming to Eastman, I worked for five years as a versatile freelance pianist in New York City, where I served as an adjunct music director and vocal coach at NYU, accompanied festival choruses at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, performed in numerous professional jazz and pop groups, and maintained a private piano studio. I remain active as a pianist, both in NYC and in Rochester. Outside of music, I enjoy running and following politics. I also recently completed a four-year term as the New York City Representative on the St. Olaf College Alumni Board.