James Aldridge is a first-year PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at CWRU. He currently holds a Bachelor of Music in jazz performance and a Master of Musicology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. James’s research looks primarily at mid-century jazz and popular music, with a focus on anticommercial and racially-encoded rhetoric within both communities. In 2015, he was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s CGS-M grant to support work on his master’s thesis: “Anticommercialism in the Music and Teachings of Lennie Tristano.” Today he explores the ontological implications of improvisational musics as well as the role of quotation in defining jazz sub-genre.
Research Areas: Musicology