Andy Fry

Andy Fry


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Research interests

Andy Fry's principal research areas are jazz (particularly pre-1960, race, gender, and historiography) and music in twentieth-century France. In addition, he has strong interests in musical theatre, in all its many forms. Several of these concerns come together in his book Paris Blues: African American Music in France, 1920–1960 (Chicago, 2014). His current research concerns the revival and recreation of New Orleans jazz, in the United States and around the world, at mid-century.

Research interests (short)

Jazz; African-American musics; music in C20th France; music and race; historiography.

Biographical details

Andy Fry joined King’s in 2007, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego and, as a visiting professor, at Berkeley. He completed his graduate studies at Oxford (D.Phil., 2004), and has also studied at the Universities of Lancaster, California (Berkeley), and Pennsylvania. At King's, he teaches modules in jazz, music and race, and historiography and criticism at all levels, and was for a number of years director of graduate studies.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004


  • ML Literature of music
  • jazz
  • African-American music
  • music in C20th France
  • music and race
  • historiography


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