Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music
Dr. Van de Leur is the first Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music in the Netherlands. Because of his dual position at the University of Amsterdam and Conservatory of Amsterdam, he is deeply involved with interdisciplinary and practice-based research. Van de Leur's research partly focuses on the critical reading of archival jazz sources. He is an internationally recognized expert on the music of Duke Ellington and his collaborator Billy Strayhorn. His publications (Oxford UP, 2002; Cambridge UP, 2016; Ashgate, 2017), address among others questions of representation, and in general seek to challenge perceived jazz myths. He was guest-editor of the Duke Ellington Special Edition of the peer-reviewed Jazz Perspectives (March 2012).
Van de Leur also specializes in jazz in the Netherlands, and here his research deals with jazz criticism (Amsterdam UP 2009, Jazz Bulletin 2012 and 2013, Current Research in Jazz, 2012), representation and identity (ARCC paper 2011). While he works in international academic circles (e.g., as editor for the Jazz Series at University of Michigan Press, for the peer-reviewed journals Jazz Perspectives , and Music and Practice ), his work branches out to cultural practitioners as well. He was the initiator and sole researcher for six groundbreaking recording projects that evolved around newly discovered jazz works of Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams, Gil Evans and others ( http://www.dutchjazz.nl/ ), and is the initiator and editor in chief for the NL Real Book , an ongoing publication series of jazz compositions from the Netherlands (https://webshop.donemus.nl/action/front/sheetmusic/12443/NL+Real+Book+(voor+C-instrumenten).
He is regularly invited to speak about jazz and jazz research, for a wide variety of audiences, from students at the University of Ghent, Belgium (Februari 2015) to concertgoers at the Bishkek Jazz Festival and Conference, Kirgizstan (April 2015), and from music industry professionals at the Dutch Jazz and World Meeting (December 2010) to jazz musicians at the Jazzdag (June 2011).
Van de Leur served as Principal Investigator and Senior Researcher for Rhythm Changes (2010-2013). In that capacity, he directed the Jazz and National Identities Conference in 2011, and the Jazz Beyond Borders Conference in 2014, both hosted by the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. As of September 2015, he is Principal Investigator and Senior Researcher for CHIME (Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals), funded under the JPI Cultural Heritage program by the European Community.
Van de Leur is on the editorial board of Jazz Perspectives, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge, for which he guest-edited the Special Issue on Ellington (6:1-2, 2012). He is also on the boards of Music and Research (University of Oslo), the Journal of the Royal Society for Music History in the Netherlands(Utrecht University) and the University of Michigan Press’ Jazz Series. He has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed academic journals and has chapters forthcoming in a number of edited volumes. Two book manuscripts are currently in process, one on the reception of jazz in Europe (to be published by Oxford UP), and one on jazz and death.
- The [Oxford] History of Jazz in Europe. Founding editor. Five-Volume Edited Set: Vol. 1: 1918-1940; Vol. 2: 1940-1945; Vol. 3: 1945-1965; Vol. 4: 1965-1990; Vol. 5: 1990-2010. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
- Jazz and Death: Rituals and Representations. Book manuscript under review. Routledge Transnational Studies in Jazz.
- NL Real Book , Vol. 2. Editor in Chief. Amsterdam: MCN (in process).
- NL Real Book , Vol. 1. Editor in Chief. Amsterdam: MCN 2011.
- Jazz behind the dikes: Vijfentachtig jaar schrijven over jazz in Nederland . Oratiereeks Amsterdam University Press, 2009.
- Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn . New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Winner of the 2003 Irving Lowens Book Award (Society of American Music) and the 2003 Award for Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music (Association of Recorded Sound Collections).
Chapters in Books
- “Swan Songs: Final Concerts and Last Recordings.” Book chapter. In Tony Whyton, Nick Gebhardt, Nicole Rustin (eds.), The Routledge Companion to New Jazz Studies, London: Routledge (under review).
- “The Reception and Development of Jazz in the Netherlands (1945-1970).” Book chapter. In: Hans Bak, Frank Mehring, Mathilde Roza (eds.), Transnational America—Transnational Europe?: Intercultural Perspectives on Media, Memory, and the Projections of Democracy. Leiden: Brill (under review).
- “‘Moved to the Point Where She Could no Longer Contain Herself’: Ellington and Audience Interaction at the Newport Jazz Festival.” Invited Afterword. In: Ioannis Tsioulakis and Elina Hytönen-Ng, eds. Musicians and their Audiences: Performance, Speech and Mediation. Burlington VT: Ashgate Press, 2016.
- “Swinging in Heaven, Boppin’ in Hell: Jazz and Death.” Book chapter. In: Helen Dell, Helen Hickey (eds.). Singing Death. Burlington VT: Ashgate Press (forthcoming).
- "'People Wrap Their Lunches in Them': Duke Ellington and His Written Music Manuscripts". In John Howland, ed., Duke Ellington Studies Anthology, New York: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
- “ Take the ‘A’ Train: Setting the Score Straight” and 40 vignettes on Billy Strayhorn compositions. I: Alyce Claerbout and David Schlesinger. Billy Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life. Chicago: Agate Publishing, 2015.
- "‘Seldom Seen, But Always Heard’: Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington." In Ed Green, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- Entries for Gil Evans, Boyd Raeburn, Billy Strayhorn, and Claude Thornhill in Charles Hiroshi Garrett (ed.), The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
- "Scores of Scores: Einige Anmerkungen zu Manuskripten der Billy Strayhorn und Duke Ellington Sammlungen in den USA."In Wolfram Knauer (ed.), Duke Ellington und die Folgen, Darmstadt: Jazz-Institut Darmstadt and Wolke Verlag, 2000.
- "Billy Strayhorn." In The International Dictionary of Black Composers , Vol. 2. Chicago: Columbia College of Chicago Press, 1999.
- “Your Music Has Flung the Story of ‘Hot Harlem’ to the Four Corners of the Earth!: Race and Narrative in Black, Brown and Beige.” (With Prof. Lisa Barg, McGill University). Musical Quarterly. (Fall-Winter 2013) 96 (3-4): 426-458.
- “Jazzophielen versus Muziekkwakzalvers: De Jazzwereld 1931-1940.” Jazz Bulletin 89 (Dec. 2013): 44-51. (Revised reprint from Liber Plurium Vocum voor Rokus de Groot, 2012. In Dutch).
- "Clichémachines versus Improvisatoren: Jazzwereld 1967-1973." Jazz Bulletin 82 ( March 2012; article is in Dutch).
- “‘Zuivere Jazz’ and ‘Muziekkwakzalvers’: De Jazzwereld 1931-1940.” Liber Plurium Vocum voor Rokus de Groot. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 128-38. (In Dutch.) Originally appeared as “‘Pure Jazz’ and ‘Charlatanry’: A History of De Jazzwereld Magazine, 1931-1940.” Dan Morgenstern Festschrift, 2012. (article is in Dutch).
- "'Pure Jazz' and 'Charlatanry': A History of De Jazzwereld Magazine, 1931-1940." Dan Morgenstern Commemorative Festschrift. Current Research in Jazz (www.crj-online.org), Vol. 4. (2012).
- Introduction as Guest Editor to Jazz Perspectives Thematic Issue on Duke Ellington. Jazz Perspectives 6:1-2, 1-3 (2012).
- "Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, The River and Chief Natoma." DEMS Bulletin, Vol. 32 (August-November 2010) www.depanorama.net/dems.
- "A Jungle at Duke's Place? Titles, Credits, and the Secondary Literature." Blue Light (Winter 2003): 14-15.
- "The 'American Impressionists' and the 'Birth of the Cool'." Tijdschrift voor Muziektheorie (February 2001): 18-26.
- " A Warehouse Full of Paper: The Duke Ellington Collection." Jazz-Nu (March 1995): 14-15.
- "Swingende geschiedschrijving: Mythen van de jazzgeschiedenis ontzenuwd." Academische Boekengids (Amsterdam University Press, May 2010): 21-23.
- "The Oxford Companion to Jaz z." Tijdschrift voor Muziektheorie (February 2003): 83-85.
- "Annual Review of Jazz Studies." Jazz Research News (February 2001): 56-57.