Lara Pellegrinelli is a scholar and arts journalist. She received her PhD in ethnomusicology from Harvard University in 2005, focusing her research on jazz studies. Her dissertation, “The Song is Who? Locating Singers on the Jazz Scene,” is the first ethnography of jazz singing and was supported by a Packard Fellowship. Following a Visiting Assistant Professorship in the Music Department at the University of Richmond from 2005–07, she embarked on an around-the-world voyage teaching for the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. She is currently a guest lecturer at Princeton University and NYU.
Pellegrinelli began freelancing as an arts journalist during her graduate student days. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Jazz Times. She currently contributes arts & culture pieces on a wide variety of topics to National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition." Her long list of interview subjects includesAsha Bhosle, Wafaa Bilal, Jo Boobs, Vince Clarke, Sussan Deyhim, James Galway, Shirley Horn, Ed Koch, Erica Jong, Wynton Marsalis, Sara McLachlan, Meredith Monk, Michael Musto, Bobbie Lee Nelson, Anita O’Day, Edward James Olmos, Penny Palfrey, Angie Pontani, and Jacques Pépin.
Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, Harvard University.
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