From 2001 to 2015, I taught self-designed courses to young music journalists and literature enthusiasts at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Students found it stimulating and worthwhile to integrate music into the fabric of literature classes, as we read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, The Beat Poets, humorist Mark Twain’s travel writings, naturalist Peter Matthiessen’s global explorations.
Oral History Project
SInce 2005, I conducted videotaped interviews with over 80 Boston and/or Berklee musicians, both jazz and classical, for Berklee’s Getz Library’s Oral History Project. Interviewees include Toshiko Akiyoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Gary Burton, Roy Haynes, Phil Wilson, Ray Santisi, John Bavicchi, Stan Strickland, Greg Hopkins, Dave Fiuczynski, Alan Chase, Larry Monroe. Most are viewable online in the library archives.
I’ve also hosted panels open to the public (Boston Bebop, Boston Jazz History), Berklee faculty (Freelance Writing), and a writers’ workshop with jazz-inspired authors Laurie Pepper and Michael Connelly.