Jazz Research Initiative
The mission of the Jazz Research Initiative is to become a leading force in reshaping jazz studies for the 21st century. The JRI will develop a series of projects designed to document and interpret jazz history and practice through multi-media ethnography, oral history, and musical analysis. The JRI will develop collaborative digital research projects with living artists, sponsor academic forums, create a substantive website, and develop online pedagogical tools for the explanation and teaching of music. Fostering connections among artists, faculty, and students, the projects will engage a full range of actors in the world of jazz--including musicians, composers, artists, recording and media producers, and music industry leaders.