Curriculum Vitae



  • Louis Hayes Quintet, Blue Note Club, China & Japan, 2017
  • Louis Hayes Quintet, Birdland, NYC, 2017
  • Louis Hayes Quintet, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola NYC , 2017
  • Dex @ 94, Dexter Gordon Birthday Tribute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 2017
  • Dex @ 93, Dexter Gordon Birthday Tribute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 2016
  • Dex @ 92, Dexter Gordon Birthday Tribute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 2015
  • Dex @ 91, Dexter Gordon Birthday Tribute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 2014
  • Dex @ 90, Dexter Gordon Birthday Tribute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, 2013

Consultant & RESEARCHER

  • Jazz@ Lincoln Center, Jazz Photo Researcher, Jazz Families Exhibit, 2012
  • WHEDCo (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation), Bronx, NY, 2008-2011
  • Historic Districts Council, Addisleigh Park Project, 2008
  • Weeksville Jazz Project, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
  • City-Wide Celebration for Romare Bearden, coordinator of jazz jams in honor of Bearden’s exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, October 2004-March 2005
  • Jazz Consultant, Romare Bearden Foundation, 2010-present
  • Advisory Board, Mary Lou Williams Centennial, Mary Lou Williams Foundation, 2010


  • Howard “Stretch” Johnson Collection, Butler Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, 2012
  • Dexter Gordon Collection, Library of Congress , 2010
  • Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, 2004
  • Curator, Day for Dexter, Columbia University, Coleman Hawkins 100th Birthday Symposium, Columbia University, 2004


  • Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Jazz Project, 2007; 
  • So What: The Life of Miles Davis, 2000, John Szwed, author (Interviews in English and French); 
  • Jazz Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institution
  • Fellow, Summer Institute on Oral History, Columbia University
  • Seminar on oral history on the topic of race and ethnicity in oral history work, July 2004

Jazz-Related Writing

  • Four jazz biographies for African American National Biography, 2010
  • Essay for Jazz Icons, DVD Concerts of Dexter Gordon, 1963-1964, July 2007
  • Essay for Columbia University Jazz Online, Bopland Revisited, July 2007
  • CityLore, research and essay on the jazz club, The Five Spot, 2005
  • Essay for re-issue of Elks Hall Concert, Central Avenue, for Savoy Music, July 2004
  • Booklet for Dexter Gordon 6-CD boxed set, Blue Note, 2000
  • Winner, Best Re-issue of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association

Presentations and Conferences

  • A Dexter Gordon Birthday Lecture,Policed Soundings: Dexter Gordon in the 50s, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2012
  • Our Man in Paris: Dexter Gordon, Columbia University, Paris, October 2011
  • Trans-Atlantic Jazz, Detroit Jazz Festival, September 201
  • The Making of Round Midnight, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Oak Bluffs, MA, August 2011
  • The Making of Round Midnight, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2011
  • The Making of Round Midnight, Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 2010
  • The Making of Round Midnight, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, April 2010
  • A Bronx Jazz Story: The Capers Family, Bronx Museum of the Arts,  May 2010
  • The Khalif of Valby: Dexter Gordon, Akbank Jazz Festival, Istanbul, Turkiye, October 2009
  • The Making of Round Midnight,  Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, October 2009
  • Jazz and the Bronx, Roundtable Discussion, Fordham University, December 2008
  • A Bronx Jazz Story: The Capers Family, Organization of American Historians, New York, NY, March 2008
  • Jazz and the Bronx, Presentation for Oral History and Performance Conference, Columbia University, March 2008
  • Sacred Kinship: Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, Columbia University, Spring 2007
  • Jazz and  the Bronx, Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho, Spring 2006
  • Territory Bands Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Spring 2006
  • Dexter Gordon and Savoy Records, Rutgers University, Institute of Jazz Studies, Fall 2005
  • The Political Economy of BeBop, Jazz Study Group, Columbia University, Fall 2004

Senior Interviewer, Jazz Researcher

Bronx African American History Project, Fordham University, 2005-present

Project Director

Women Who Listen: An Oral History Project with Women Jazz Fans, 2005-present


Executive Producer, select JAZZ recordings, 1976-1981

  • Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace (Blue Note, 2017)
  • Dexter Gordon: Homecoming – Live at the Village Vanguard (Columbia Records, 1976)
  • Dexter Gordon: Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Records, 1978)
  • Dexter Gordon: Great Encounters (Columbia Records, 1978)
  • Dexter Gordon: Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia Records, 1978)
  • Dexter Gordon: Gotham City (Columbia Records, 1981)
  • Woody Shaw: Rosewood (Columbia Records, 1977)
  • Woody Shaw: Stepping Stones (Columbia Records, 1978)
  • Woody Shaw: Woody III (Columbia Records, 1979)
  • Woody Shaw: For Sure (Columbia Records, 1980)
  • Woody Shaw: United (Columbia Records, 1981)

President, Ms. Management, NYC, 1976-1983
Road & Tour ManageMENT

  • Dexter Gordon
  • Woody Shaw
  • Art Blakey
  • Johnny Griffin
  • Cedar Walton
  • Shirley Scott
  • Gil Evans Orchestra
  • Clifford Jordan
  • Louis Hayes

Tours all over Europe, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States
Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Brazil, Martinique


  • New York University, New York, NY, 2001-2009
  • Ph.D. Candidate, History (African Diaspora)
  • New York University, New York, NY
  • M.A., Africana Studies, 2001
  • Courses at Yale University with Robert Farris Thompson, 2000-2001
  • City University of New York, New York, NY
  • CUNY Baccalaureate Program
  • B.A., Sociology, 1995
  • Areas of Concentration: African-American Studies, Puerto Rican Studies



  • MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 1999-2006
  • Thomas E. Smith Graduate Fellowship Award, Fall 2005
  • Smith Fellowship, City University of New York B.A. Program, 1994-1995
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, 1994-1995



French: speak, read, and write with moderate competency
Spanish: speak fluently (with local accent), read and write with high proficiency



  • Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University
  • Professor Robert G. O’Meally, Columbia University
  • Professor Mark Naison, Fordham University