Curriculum Vitae


Author and Speaker, Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, the biography of Dexter Gordon, University of California Press. Publication date: November 2018. 


  • 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  

  • Consultant: Bronx Music Heritage Center, Bronx, NY, Advisory Board;

  • Historic Districts Council, Addisleigh Park Project; 

  • Weeksville Jazz Project, Brooklyn, NY; 

  • Jazz Consultant, Romare Bearden Foundation, 2010-present;

  • Mary Lou Williams Foundation, Advisory Board, 2010-2015  

  • Archivist: The Dexter Gordon Collections, Library of Congress;

  • Howard “Stretch” Johnson Collection, Butler Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, Columbia University, 2012 

  • Published WorkMischievous Lady: Dexter Gordon and Melba Liston, Journal of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 2014;

  • Jazz Icons, DVD Concerts of Dexter Gordon;

  • Columbia University Jazz Online, Bopland Revisited;

  • Re-issue of Elks Hall Concert, Central Avenue, for Savoy Music;

  • Four jazz biographies for African American National Biography  

  • President, The Dexter Gordon Society, a nonprofit organization that furthers the legacy and work of Dexter Gordon;

  • Director, Dex Music, LLC, publisher of Dexter Gordon’s compositions and licensor of his name and likeness 

  • Executive Producer, Serenade for Horace: Louis Hayes, Blue Note Records, 2017


  • Louis Armstrong Colloquium, Columbia University, 2018;

  • SatchmoFest Symposium, New Orleans, Louis Armstrong as King of the Zulus, 2018; 

  • Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, discussion on the film Round Midnight, 2018;

  • University of Utah, Dexter Gordon Tribute concert and lecture, 2018;

  • New Mexico Jazz Festival, Dexter Gordon Tribute Project with Steve Feld, 2017; 

  • SatchmoFest Symposium, New Orleans, Velma Middleton and Louis Armstrong, 2017;

  • University of Pittsburgh, Jazz Symposium, 2016;

  • University of Copenhagen, A Critique of the film Cool Cats, Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster, 2016; 

  • SatchmoFest Symposium, New Orleans, Dexter Gordon with Louis Armstrong, 2016; 

  • James Baldwin Conference, Paris, France, Discussion of 1970 Baldwin Documentary, 2016; 

  • Romare Bearden Exhibit and Jazz Concert, Istanbul, 2015;

  • African Rhythms and Bebop, Jamaica Music Museum, Kingston, Jamaica, 2015;

  • Writing Jazz Biography, University of Manchester, UK, 2014;

  • Tribute to Dexter Gordon concert and film screening, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2014; 

  • JazzAhead Conference, Screening and Discussion of the film Round Midnight, Bremen, Germany, 2014;

  • Dexter Gordon: The European Years, Museum of Musical Instruments, Brussels, Belgium, 2014


New York University (NYU), 2001-2009  

  • Ph.D.Candidate, History (African Diaspora)  

  • Teaching Assistant:  History of the Islamic Diaspora, African American Autobiography 

Columbia University, 2004, Fellow, Summer Institute on Oral History—oral history, race and ethnicity 


New York University (NYU), 2001 

  • M.A., Africana Studies 


City University of New York (CUNY) 

  • CUNY Baccalaureate Program  

  • B.A., Sociology, 1995  

  • Areas of Concentration: African American Studies, Puerto Rican Studies  


  • Inaugural Research Fellow, The Erroll Garner/Martha Glaser Archive, University of Pittsburgh, 2017 

  • Hogan Jazz Archive Fellowship, Tulane University, New Orleans, 2017 

  • Harry Ransom Research Center Fellowship, University of Texas, 2014  

  • MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 1999-2006  

  • Thomas E. Smith Graduate Fellowship Award, 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