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Brian Cameron Harker
Brigham Young University (Provo, UT 84602)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2005 – 6/30/2006

Louis Armstrong and the Rise of Jazz

Trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) made several vital contributions to jazz in its infancy, including virtuosic technical facility, rhythmic swing, rhetorical coherence, extended range, and scat singing, among others. In 1997 I completed my doctoral dissertation, "The Early Musical Development of Louis Armstrong, 1901-1928," which explored these contributions in detail. I would now like to expand upon these findings by doing further research at libraries and archives in the New York City area. The results of my studies will come together in a book, LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND THE RISE OF JAZZ. The University of California Press has expressed interest in publishing it, pending a successful review process of my formal proposal.