JEN Announces EFCF Jazz Research Fellowship Winner

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The JEN Research Interest Group has reported that the winner of the third annual EFCF Jazz Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution is Kimberly Teal, assistant professor in musicology at the University of Arkansas.

Teal will investigate the importance of timbre in the Duke Ellington Orchestra as an element of both individual and collective expression, focusing in particular on the way that the band treated repertoire associated with a particular player following that player’s death. The “band books” of individual soloists housed at the Smithsonian will be used to explore the overlapping agencies of Ellington and the musicians who played, and indeed helped create, his works and the ways in which community was sonically expressed through the relationships between soloists and the ensemble.

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