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MP6: Jazz and Culture


The Jazz and Culture Writing Group will support new and ongoing writing projects through workshops for scholars examining issues relating to jazz and culture. We also hope to promote interaction among jazz scholars within the CNY Humanities Corridor.

Active since: 2020

Closed Group of Collaborators

  • University of Rochester
  • St. Lawrence University

Collaborative Goals

Our group has three main goals:

  1. The first is to create accountability for group members to help finish various writing projects.
  2. Our second goal is to use these workshops to develop our scholarship.
  3. Our third goal is to foster a sense of community and network among scholars writing about jazz and culture, broadly construed.

Group Organizers

Darren Mueller

Assistant Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester

Frederick (Fritz) Schenker

Assistant Professor of Music, St. Lawrence University

Group Members

  • Benjamin Baker, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • Celeste Day Moore, Associate Professor of History, Hamilton College


Developing 2nd Research Projects

March 1, 2024, 2:30 p.m.

Gabriel Solis Workshop

Dec. 8, 2023, 2 p.m.

Group Outcomes

The main impact of our activities came from the spring workshop. One of the group organizers, Darren Mueller, put together the workshop in hopes of developing a series of articles on jazz and the mass media that could go into a special issue of a journal. The workshop was unusually productive since it had this specific end goal. The participants were able to have real substantive conversation that also involved a range of students who attended.