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Robert Hughes, Ph.D.


Courses Taught

Music History, Jazz History, Jazz Ensembles, Music Literature


Ph.D., Washington University, 2002
Master of Music, Webster University, 1986

Research Interests

Hughes's 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. His work to date has concentrated on Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars and the Saint Louis group Jazz Central. He is 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.

Publications and Media Placements

Jazz for the Bachelor: Jazz Criticism in Playboy and Esquire Magazines, presented at the College Music Society Two Greats Conference, March 2008

Community Work and Service

Hughes is an active woodwind performer and member of the MUNY orchestra. He appears frequently at the Fox Theatre, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis and other venues in the area.