Robert L. Hughes, Jr.
Music Program Director and Associate Professor of Music
Fine and Performing Arts
|Degree:||Master of Music
|Jazz for the Bachelor: Jazz Criticism in Playboy and Esquire Magazines, presented at the College Music Society Two Greats Conference, March 2008|
|Jazz, with a specialization in music of the period 1945-1959 / American Popular Music / Jazz criticism and reception|
|Narrative:||My research interests focus on Jazz and other American popular music styles, reception, and criticism with special emphasis on the relationship between musicians and the local markets and social forces that exist where they are active. My work to date has concentrated on Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars and the Saint Louis group Jazz Central. I am currently researching the role of music in Jack Gelber's play "The Connection" and a 1927 kickback scandal involving Local 2 of the American Federation of Musicians here in Saint Louis. In addition to teaching Music History and Literature courses, I also direct the Jazz Ensembles and teach applied clarinet and saxophone.|
|Other Activities:||An active woodwind performer, I am a member of the MUNY orchestra and appear frequently at the Fox Theatre, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis and other venues in the area.|