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Write to Rock :: Sherrie Tucker

Sherrie Tucker

A professor of jazz studies, Sherrie Tucker has claimed the "write to rock" through her work as a scholar, oral historian, writer, journal editor and teacher. Working from the lens of feminist theory, she has charted new directions in jazz studies by considering the central yet overlooked role of women in the story of jazz. She has written about gender and jazz history in her books as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She has conducted oral histories for the Smithsonian Institution and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and other institutions. She has mentored a growing cohort of scholars and performers who will continue to change the story of jazz and popular music in the future.

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Sherrie Tucker (Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Kansas) is the author of Swing Shift: “All-Girl” Bands of the 1940s (Duke, 2000) and co-editor, with Nichole T. Rustin, of Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies (Duke, 2008). She has recently completed a book entitled Dance Floor Democracy: the Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (forthcoming Duke University Press). She facilitates the “Improvisation, Gender, and the Body” section of “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice,” a Collaborative Research Initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and is a founding member of the Melba Liston Research Collective.

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