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A scholar of African American music and of Indigenous musics of the Southwestern Pacific, Gabriel Solis has done ethnographic and historical research with jazz musicians in the United States and with musicians in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Drawing on work in African American studies, anthropology, and history, he addresses the ways people engage the past, performing history and memory through music. Additionally, his work explores musicians' and audiences' interactions with and personalization of mass-mediated musical commodities in transnational circulation.

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Research Output 1997 2019

Music, Indigeneity, and Colonialism in the Americas

Solis, G. & Bissett Perea, J. (ed.), Nov 2019, In : Journal of the Society for American Music. 13, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access

Soul, afrofuturism & the timeliness of contemporary jazz fusions

Solis, G., Apr 1 2019, In : Daedalus. 148, 2, p. 23-35 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hip hop

Hip nostalgia: Jazz and the politics of representation in three dramedies

Solis, G., Jan 1 2018, In : Jazz Research Journal. 12, SpecialIssue1, p. 138-162 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Politics of Representation

The ⇜black pacific⇝ and decolonisation in melanesia: Performing nÉgritude and indigÈnitude

Webb-Gannon, C., Webb, M. & Solis, G., Jun 30 2018, In : Journal of the Polynesian Society. 127, 2, p. 177-206 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

human being

Duke Ellington in the LP Era

Solis, G., May 11 2017, Duke Ellington Studies. Cambridge University Press, p. 197-223 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Duke Ellington

Activities 1998 2016

New Directions in the Study of Improvisation

Gabriel Solis (Participant)
Apr 1 2004Apr 4 2008

Activity: Attendance typesParticipation in conference

Thelonious Monk at 100: Enduring Questions

Gabriel Solis (Speaker)
Oct 13 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Research Slam

Gabriel Solis (Speaker)
Feb 8 2012

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Honors & Recognition

Jaap Kunst Prize

Gabriel Solis (Recipient), 2013


NEH Fellowship

Gabriel Solis (Recipient), 2015