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Waters, Keith John Professor


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research overview

  • Keith Waters's research focuses on the analysis of jazz, particularly jazz of the 1960s, including artists such as Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Booker Little, and others. He has written the 2011 book _The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68_ (Oxford University Press), is the co-author of _Jazz: The First Hundred Years_, now in its 3rd edition. He has articles published in the Journal of Music Theory, Music Theory Online, Annual Review of Jazz Studies, and others. He has also written on early 20th-century French music, including the book _Rhythmic and Contrapuntal Structures in the Music of Arthur Honegger_. As a jazz pianist, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Russia, and has appeared in concert with jazz artists Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, Sheila Jordon, Chris Connor, and others.


  • analysis of jazz, rhythm and meter, early 20th-century music


selected publications


courses taught

  • MUSC 5061 Advanced Tonal Analysis (Spring 2019)
  • MUSC 4151 Topics in Music Analysis (Fall 2018)
  • MUSC 5151 Topics in Music Analysis (Fall 2018)
  • MUEL 3642 History of Jazz (Summer 2018)
  • MUSC 3091 Jazz Theory and Aural Foundations 2 (Spring 2018)
  • MUSC 6801 Advanced Topics in Music Theory (Spring 2018)
  • MUSC 7046 Seminar in Jazz Literature (Spring 2018)


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)