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Brian Harker

Professor
Division Coordinator, Music History Division

E565 HFAC
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Brian Harker teaches music history and theory. His research interests include topics in jazz, blues, gospel, and other African-American musical genres. He twice received the Irving Lowens Award for his articles, “‘Telling a Story’: Louis Armstrong and Coherence in Early Jazz” (1999), and “Louis Armstrong, Eccentric Dance, and the Evolution of Jazz on the Eve of Swing” (2008). He has published a textbook, Jazz: An American Journey (Prentice-Hall, 2005), and two monographs with Oxford University Press: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (2011) and Sportin’ Life: John W. Bubbles, An American Classic (2022).

Education:

  • PhD, Historical Musicology, Columbia University, 1997
  • MPhil, Historical Musicology, Columbia University, 1995
  • MA, Musicology, Brigham Young University, 1994
  • BA, Music, Brigham Young University, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Irving Lowens Award, Society for American Music (2008 - 2008)
  • Irving Lowens Award, Society for American Music (1999 - 1999)

Courses Taught

Publications

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