Tracy McMullen F'20

Tracy  McMullen
Associate Professor
Music
Bowdoin College

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars 2020
Associate Professor
Music
Bowdoin College
Jazz Humanism: Responsibility and Blur in the New Human
For residence at the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, at the Berklee College of Music during academic year 2020-2021

"Jazz Humanism" contends that jazz as an African-American practice has held and transmitted a necessary counter-epistemology and ontology to the dominant logic of Western modernity. The focus for outlining this counter-view and practice is an analysis of jazz as a pedagogy that begins in the early twentieth century and continues today. The activities of Billy Taylor, Jason Moran, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wynton Marsalis and several current alternative jazz education programs illuminate this alternate worldview.