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Gioia, Ted

Gioia, Ted (Theodore), pianist, composer and jazz writer.

He went to Stanford University, Stanford, California, graduating with a BA in English, 1979. He designed and taught classes on jazz history for the Undergraduate Special program. Appeared on television as member of Stanford's national championship College Bowl team. He graduated with distinction and honors and was a California State Scholar and a National Merit Scholar.

He then went to Oxford University, Trinity College, Oxford, England, where he got a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 1981, and graduated with First Class Honours. During this period he worked actively in a jazz band with saxophonist John O'Neill.

He later attended Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, getting a Masters in Business Administration, 1983. He was on the Stanford faculty from 1986 to 1990, teaching jazz history and performance. He was a Lecturer, Jazz Studies, Stanford University, Department of Music, 1986-90. He's the co-founder of Jazz Studies Program at Stanford, with efforts covering a wide range of activities, including teaching lecture classes, instructing instrumentalists, fund-raising, publicity, performance, community out-reach, recruiting and administrative work. He was a faculty member (piano) at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, 1983-89. 

He's the owner of one of the largest privately held collections of research materials on jazz and ethnic music in the Western United States. His recent research has focused on traditional styles of music, including work songs and early blues.


Ted Gioia Trio: The End of the Open Road (1988); Ted Gioia and Mark Lewis: Tango Cool (1990); The City is a Chinese Vase (1998)


Books by Gioia:
The Birth (and Death) of the Cool (Speck, 2009)
Delta Blues (W.W. Norton, 2008)
Work Songs (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006)
Healing Songs (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006)
The History of Jazz (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1997)
 West Coast Jazz:  Modern Jazz in California 1945-1960 (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1992).  Revised edition published by University of California Press, 1998.
The Imperfect Art:  Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1988).  Portable Stanford edition published in 1988.

Contributions to Books:
Contributor to  Jazz:  A Readers Companion, editor Bill Kirchner, (New York: Oxford University Press,  2000).
Contributor to The Grove Dictionary Of Jazz, second edition, editor Barry Kernfeld,  (New York:  Grove Music, 2001).
Contributed introduction to For Jazz, by Peter McSloy (Lafayette, California:  Hit & Run Press, 1995).
Contributor to The Future of Jazz, edited Yuval Taylor, (Chicago:  A Cappella Books, 2002). 
Contributor to The Art Pepper Companion, edited by Todd Selbert, (New York:  Copoper Square Press, 2000).

Periodicals / Other:
Over one hundred publications in periodicals and newspapers, including the following:
Remembering Al Jolson, The New York Times, October 23, 2000.
Jazz and the Primitivist Myth,  The Musical Quarterly (Vol. 73, No.1), 1989.
Jazz:  The Aesthetics of Imperfection, Hudson Review, Winter, 1987.
Louis Armstrong and Furniture Music, Boulevard, Winter, 1987.

Great Books Guide

Contact information:
Email: tedgioia@hotmail.com

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