Assistant Professor of Music
In 1963, as Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he "reminded America of the fierce urgency of now."
Jazz artists were listening.
"Musicians were heeding the call to make music sound more urgent," said Barry Long, an assistant professor of music. Long studies the ways in which music is informed by events and how it in turn helps inspire events.
His interests extend from the civil rights movement to contemporary influences on modern music.
"The thing I'm most interested in is where jazz meets social justice," Long said. For example, in his classes students might explore the ways that race, gender and faith appear in today's pop music.
Long also plays and composes for trumpet and flugelhorn. The music of Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis both drew Long to the jazz trumpet in high school.
"That was just where my ears were," he said.