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date: 29 January 2020

DeVeaux, Scott (Knowles )locked

  • Charles Carson
  •  and Judy Tsou


(Knowles )

(b Red Bank, NJ, Nov 11, 1954). American musicologist. He was educated at Princeton University (AB 1976) and the University of California, Berkeley (MA 1979; PhD 1985), where he studied with Olly W. Wilson and Joseph Kerman. DeVeaux taught at Humboldt State University, California (1981–2), before taking up his current position at the University of Virginia in 1983. DeVeaux’s main research focus is jazz studies. His 1991 seminal article, “Constructing the Jazz Tradition,” established him as a leading voice in what has been called the “new jazz studies,” which seeks to explore issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class in relation to both jazz repertoires and the creation of historical narratives. In The Birth of Bebop (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1997), he further explores the ways in which the social, economic, and political contexts of the bebop era continue to influence jazz criticism and reception. In ...

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