Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Dr Marian Jago

Lecturer in Popular Music & Jazz Studies

0113 343 9790

School of Music, 1.12

Office hours: Thursday 3:00-4:00pm

PhD (York, Toronto), MA (York, Toronto), BA (hons) History (Dalhousie)

Lecturer in popular music, with particular areas of interest in improvisation, jazz studies, popular music (particularly American 1930s-1960s), the concept of scenes, changing modes of music consumption and ways of listening, and the impact of landscape on the construction of musical style.


Marian hails from Canada, where she earned a BA in History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, as we all as an MA in Musicology (Jazz Studies) and PhD in Ethnomusicology, both from York University in Toronto. In addition to her formal academic studies, she has been fortunate enough to study privately with several leading jazz artists including Don Palmer, Mike Murley, David Braid, Kirk MacDonald, and David Mott in Canada, and, in a stroke of good fortune she still can’t quite believe, for several years with Lee Konitz in New York.

Research Interests

Improvisation, Scenes, Jazz Studies, Popular Music, Ethnography, Music & Landscape.





BA Program Leader

BMus Program Leader




  • Jago MS, Jazz in the Cellar: Vancouver’s Iconic Jazz Club and the Emergence of Canadian Jazz Cooperatives 1955–1964 (University of British Columbia Press, 2017) (Accepted)

  • Jago M, Jazz, Kerouac, and the Beat Generation (Bloomsbury Academic, [n.d.]) (In preparation)

Journal articles

  • Jago M, ‘Towards a Spatial Reconsideration of ‘West Coast’ and ‘East Coast’ in Jazz: Hip Hop Parallels and Notions of the Local’, Jazz Perspectives 2017
    DOI: 10.1080/17494060.2017.1408481, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/122285/

  • Jago MS, ‘Jedi Mind Tricks: : Lennie Tristano & Mental Approaches for the Practice of Jazz Improvisation’, Jazz Research Journal, 7.2 (2015), 183-202
    DOI: 10.1558/jazz.v7i2.20971, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91317/

  • Jago MS, ‘Dig-It: The Musical Life of Ted Brown’, Journal of Jazz Studies, 10.2 (2014), 95-118
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91313/

  • Jago MS, ‘What is a Jazz Record Anyway? Lennie Tristano and the Use of Extended Studio Techniques in Jazz’, Journal of the Art of Record Production 2013
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91318/

  • Jago MS, ‘Musical Koryu: Lineal Traditions in Jazz: Lennie Tristano / Lee Konitz’, MUSICultures, Vol. 38 (2011), 205-227

  • Jago MS, ‘The Hang: Jazz Storytelling as Cultural Practice’, Jazz Research Journal (Submitted)

  • Jago MS, ‘The Hang: Jazz Storytelling as Cultural Practice’, Journal of Jazz studies (Submitted)


  • Jago M, ‘Duet for Saxophone and Pen: Lee Konitz and the Direct Influence of Jazz on the Writing of Jack Kerouac’, in Kerouac on Record: Albums, Tributes, Soundtracks, ed. by Warner S and Sampas J (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), 49-76

  • Jago MS, ‘What is a Jazz Record Anyway? Lennie Tristano and the Use of Extended Studio Techniques in Jazz’, in Rewriting the Rules of Record Production (Routledge, 2016) (Accepted)

  • Jago MS, ‘Sitting In and Subbing Out: The Gig Economy of 1960s New York’, in Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies (Routledge, [n.d.]) (Submitted)

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision



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