Come in and Hear the Ethnomusicology Working Group

Apologies to Professor Burke for adapting his book title for my post title. This event announcement comes courtesy of Darren Mueller of Duke’s Ethnomusicology Working Group:


DATE: Monday, March 28, 2011
TIME: 10:00am-12:00pm
LOCATION: Biddle 102

During the mid-1990s, scholars such as Scott DeVeaux, Krin Gabbard, and Sherrie Tucker called upon jazz researchers to rethink their methodologies. Since that time, many people, including Prof. Patrick Burke (Washington University in St. Louis), have taken up that challenge, pushing boundaries and raising new inquiries across the field of jazz studies. But what, if anything, has changed in since the establishment of “New” Jazz Studies? Given that the dominant narrative of jazz history still remains status quo in many universities across the country, how should jazz scholars move on from here?

Please join us Monday, March 28 for a discussion with Prof. Burke—along with music graduate students from Duke, Columbia, and UNC—that will use three recent texts (see below) to discuss the current state of jazz studies and its intersection with the disciplines of ethnomusicology, popular music studies, and history.

Professor Burke is Assistant Professor of Music at Washington University in St. Louis and author of Come In and Hear the Truth: Jazz and Race on 52nd Street (University of Chicago Press, 2008). His research centers on jazz and popular music in the United States, with a focus on the connections between music’s performance and reception and the formation of racial ideology. His current book project, What’s My Name? Rock, Race, and Revolution in the 1960s, addresses the relationship between rock music and the radical political movements of the late 1960s.

Sponsored by the Ethnomusicology Working Group.
For info contact: Darren Mueller at
Find the readings for the seminar here:

Readings Bibliography:
Patrick Burke, “Here Comes the Man with the Jive: Stuff Smith” in Come In and Hear The Truth (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.) Chapter 3, pp 60-88

George Lipsitz, “Songs of the Unsung: The Darby Hicks History of Jazz,” pp. 9-26 in Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies, ed. Robert O’Meally et al

David Ake “Musicology Beyond the Score and Performance: Making Sense of the Creek in Miles Davis’s ‘Old Folks’” pp. 37 ‑53 in Jazz Matters (Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 2010.)

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