Society for Musicology in Ireland Jazz Studies Reading Group

SMI Jazz Studies Reading Group

The SMI Jazz Studies Reading Group meets once a month for the informal discussion of papers, articles and book chapters that have impacted jazz studies. We are a group of postgraduate and early-career researchers interested in jazz studies and surrounding social and cultural issues including race, gender and identity. The group is organised by Dr Damian Evans and Kevin Higgins and meets at St Patrick’s Campus, Dublin City University. Participants are welcome from all disciplines and from all levels. To join or enquire about the meetings, please email


Past Meetings:

February 28, 2019: Music Cognition and Improvisation

Iyer, Vijay. ‘Imrpovisation, Action Understanding and Music Cognition with and without Bodies’. In The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies  (2014): 73–90.

January 30, 2019: Authorship, Works

Solis, Gabriel. ‘“A Unique Chunk of Jazz Reality”: Authorship, Musical Work Concepts, and Thelonious Monk’s Live Recordings from the Five Spot, 1958’. Ethnomusicology 48, no. 3 (2004): 315–47.

November 28, 2018: Authorship, Authority and Authenticity

Whyton, Tony. ‘Not a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Meets Kenny G’. In Jazz Icons: Heroes, Myths and the Jazz Tradition, Reprint edition., 57–81. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

November  2, 2018: Jazz Historiography Revisited

DeVeaux, Scott. ‘Constructing the Jazz Tradition: Jazz Historiography’. Black American Literature Forum 25, no. 3 (1991): 525–560.

June 15, 2018: Music Cognition

Iyer, Vijay. ‘Improvisation, Action Understanding, and Music Cognition with and without Bodies’. In The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies, Volume 1, edited by George E. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut, Vol. 1., 74-90. Oxford University Press, 2014.

May 18, 2018: Jazz and gender.

April 20, 2018: Music and globalisation

Monson, Ingrid. ‘Riffs, Repetition, and Theories of Globalization’. Ethnomusicology 43, no. 1 (1 January 1999): 31–65.

Stokes, Martin. ‘Music and the Global Order’. Annual Review of Anthropology 33, no. 1 (October 2004): 47–72.

March 16, 2018: Jazz and Europe

McKay, George. ‘Introduction’. In Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz in Britain, 1–32. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. ecip0512/2005012088.html.

Whyton, Tony. ‘Europe and the New Jazz Studies’. In Eurojazzland: Jazz and European Sources, Dynamics, and Contexts, edited by Luca Cerchiari, Laurent Cugny, and Franz Kerschbaumer, 366–80. Boston, Mass: Northeastern University Press, 2012.

February 16, 2018: Jazz and Race

Ronald M. Radano and Philip V. Bohlman, eds., ‘Introduction’, Music and the Racial Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2000), 1-53.

Stokes, Martin, ed. ‘Introduction’, Ethnicity, Identity and Music: The Musical Construction of Place. Berg Publishers, 1997, 1-27.

January 12, 2018: Bebop

DeVeaux, Scott. ‘Eckstine and Herman: A Contrast in Fortunes’. In Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.

December 1, 2017: Jazz Historiography

DeVeaux, Scott. ‘Constructing the Jazz Tradition: Jazz Historiography’. Black American Literature Forum 25, no. 3 (1991): 525–560.

Solis, Gabriel. ‘Avant-Gardism, the “Long 1960s” and Jazz Historiography’. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 131, no. 2 (2 June 2006): 331–49.