February 28: Jeffrey Magee

Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jeffrey Magee is Professor of Music and Theatre and Director of the School of Music at the University of Illinois. Magee teaches and writes about music in the United States, especially jazz, musical theater, and popular song. His interests include a variety of African-American traditions, issues of Jewish-American musical identity, and black-Jewish intersections. He is the author of The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz published in 2005 by Oxford University Press; this book won the Irving Lowens Award for Best Book in American Music from the Society for American Music, as well as an award for excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. His second book, Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theatre (Oxford 2012) was supported as a We the People Project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Magee has published articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, American Music, Black Music Research Journal, Current Musicology, and Musical Quarterly, and a chapter, Ragtime and Early Jazz, in The Cambridge History of American Music. Before joining the Illinois faculty, he taught at Indiana University (1997-2006), and served as executive editor of the score series Music of the United States of America (1993-97). He has been editorial board member for American Music, Journal of Musicology, Jazz Perspectives, and the Center for Black Music Research, and is co-editor of the book series Profiles in Popular Music for Indiana University Press. Professor Magee became director of the School of Music in 2013.