About Me

I am an active jazz historian who is consumed by the innovative forces in the music, particularly Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk in addition to the inimitable vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Johnny Hartman.

I graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s degree in Jazz History and Research and had the pleasure of studying with such luminaries as Lewis Porter and Henry Martin. My thesis, an examination of the divergent piano styles of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk was entitled, The Poet and The Priest.

I spend the majority of my time teaching and writing; my work can be seen in publications by Oxford University Press, Salem Press, Scarecrow Press and the University of Michigan Press.

You can reach me at conklin@tcnj.edu.

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