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Based out of Baltimore, Maryland, Alexandre Abdoulaev is a pianist
and musicologist studying the role of jazz in the development of early
20th-century social structures, with a focus on jazz dance at the Savoy
Ballroom in New York City. He is currently pursuing several publication
projects including a monograph on the social, musical and ethnic history
of the Savoy Ballroom, and a collection of papers about the American
jazz clarinetist Artie Shaw. Dr. Abdoulaev has previously given papers
on Stephen Sondheim at conferences at Boston University in Boston,
Massachusetts, and the Rose Bruford College in London, UK. Alex has
previously taught at Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts, Lasell
College in Newton, Massachusetts, and served as part-time faculty at the
National Opera in Washington, D.C.
In addition to various
academic interests Dr. Abdoulaev actively performs and is the artistic
director of the Baltimore-based traditional jazz quintet the Summit
Ridge Drive Hot Five. Originally beginning his piano studies in the
Russian Federation, Alex has studied classical piano with Teofils Bikis,
Radoslav Kvapil, Boaz Sharon and Thomas Mastroianni. He also pursued
jazz piano studies with Lewis Porter, Michael Maher and Gordon Webster.
Dr. Abdoulaev is presently teaching Music Appreciation and Fundamentals
of Music History at University of Delaware.
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