Associate Professor of Practice Hank Hehmsoth has been named a 2019 Morroe Berger-Benny Carter-Edward Berger Jazz Research Research Fellow by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.
The Institute of Jazz Studies is the world’s foremost jazz archive and research facility. It was founded in 1952 by Marshall Stearns (1908-1966), a pioneer jazz scholar. In 1966, Rutgers was chosen as the collection’s permanent academic home.
Hehmsoth is currently working with a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts NEA ArtWorks grant. His website, “Dan Morgenstern Collection,” is the complete archive of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern’s 70 years as a jazz advocate, scholar, author and educator. Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University from 1976 to 2013, Morgenstern was chief editor of DownBeat Magazine from 1967 to 1973, and served as New York editor in 1964.
(Article from TXST Newsroom Featured Faculty June 27, 2019. Written by Jayme Blaschke.)
As project director of a 2018-2019 NEA grant, Hank Hehmsoth traveled to New York City in August 2018 to record interviews with NEA Jazz Master/historian Dan Morgenstern and his lifelong friends and other internationally recognized jazz historians. These included Loren Schoenberg, founder of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and this year’s Eddie Durham Celebration keynote speaker, and Phil Schaap, Jazz radio broadcaster and Curator of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
As a major part of the NEA grant project, a website preservation project will be hosted by Texas State and is expected to be available to the public during summer 2019. It will include recordings of the annual Eddie Durham Celebration concerts with MP3s available for download, along with each year’s program PDFs, in addition to the videos.
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Hank Hehmsoth and Dr. Keith Winking have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing project, Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morganstern. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand reminiscences and decades-spanning scholarly research on Kansas City jazz, its big bands, as well as preeminent individual artists and their styles and innovations. Audio and video recordings of the interviews with Morgenstern will be archived at the university library’s Wittliff Collections, will be made available free-of-charge to educators, radio stations, and the public, and will be featured on a dedicated website.
Morgenstern has been our premiere visiting scholar for an annual celebration of the legacy of jazz great and San Marcos native Eddie Durham.
The grant application process received invaluable assistance from Ruthi Caldwell and Lisa Westerbeck of the Center for Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.