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Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Brent Hayes Edwards Wins ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Award

February 13, 2019
Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Center for Jazz Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, has won the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson  Award for his book, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (published by Harvard University Press last year).  The book explores the fertile interface between art-making and performance through case studies in jazz literature both writings informed by music and the surprisingly large body of writing by jazz musicians themselves.
 
Established in 1967, the Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Awards recognize books, articles, and recording liner notes on the subject of music, selected for their excellence.  Epistrophies was also a finalist for the 2018 Stone Book Award from the Museum of African American History, and a Seminary Co-op Notable Book of 2017.  

 

Established in 1967, the Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Awards recognize books, articles, and recording liner notes on the subject of music, selected for their excellence.