Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor, Department of Music and African American Studies
Ph.D. Wesleyan University
Department of African American Studies
213A Lake Hall
(617) 373-2625 (fax)
Areas of Study:
Music of the African Diaspora, African American Music, African Music, Afro-Caribbean Music & Culture, John Coltrane, Jazz, Improvisational Music, Music of Cuba.
Boston’s Jazz Legend: The Al Vega Story. self published, June, 2011.
John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music. Oxford University Press, August, 2010.
Sacred Music for Secular Space: The Triumph of the Soul: Cultural and Psychological Spects of African American Music. edited by Ferdinand Jones and Arthur C. Jones, Praeger Publishers, CT, April 2000.
Kansas City…And All That’s Jazz. Andrews McMeel Publishers, Kansas City, MO, April 1999.
Selected Professional Activities/Awards:
Guest Lecturer, Congressional Black Caucus Symposium “Modern Jazz Musicians and Black America’s Quest for Freedom”, Washington, DC, September 2011
JazzBoston Honorary Award for continuing legacy of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert, 2009
Resource Team and Associate Member, International Association for Jazz Education
Co-founder, producer, and performer: Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, 1977-present
Upcoming Courses and Recent Courses Taught:
AFRS 1128 The African Experience through Music
AFAM 1135 John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom
AFAM 2345 The Black Experience in the Caribbean