Barry Long

Barry Long

Associate Professor of Music
Music Department Chair
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Director, Jazz Band

Barry Long currently serves as an Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair as well as the University Arts Coordinator, directing the jazz ensemble and teaching coursework in jazz and music theory. Prior to joining the Bucknell faculty, he held similar positions at Mount St. Mary's University (MD) and Roanoke College (VA).

Long was the first to receive a doctoral degree (DMA) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in May of 2007. He also holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from ESM while serving as a faculty member in their Community Education Division and as a teaching assistant in Film Scoring. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music and has also attended the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts.

As a trumpeter and flugelhornist, Long has studied and performed with such artists as Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, Eliane Elias, Benny Carter, Jim McNeely, and Dave Stahl and maintains activity as a clinician and adjudicator. His compositional credits include honors from the Jazz Composer's Alliance as well as commissions for Clark Terry and numerous high school and collegiate ensembles. A recent fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Long's research activities include publications for Oxford, McFarland Press, IAJE, VH1, and an upcoming jazz appreciation text for Prentice Hall; grants from the NEH and Brubeck Foundation; and international presentations at conferences on jazz, popular music, and race.

His current scholarship studies the intersections of jazz and social justice, particularly during the Civil Rights movement. Conference papers and forthcoming articles include work on Amiri Baraka's jazz and spoken word projects, the uncanny similarities between John Coltrane's Alabama and Martin Luther King's eulogy for the victims of the Birmingham church bombing, and the spiritual signification present within Mahalia Jackson's and Duke Ellington's collaborative work. A performative project, Freedom in the Air, incorporates iconic Civil Rights photography by Charles Moore, James Karales, and others with spontaneously improvised reactions to their powerful images. A first CD and DVD, released in February 2013, documents the project's inaugural live performance with a follow-up, Freedom Songs, released in 2016.

Educational Background

  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • M.M. in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media, Eastman School of Music
  • B.M. in Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music

Teaching Interests

  • jazz
  • music theory