The Annual Review of Jazz Studies (ARJS) is a journal providing a forum for the ever expanding range and depth of jazz scholarship, from technical analyses to oral history to cultural interpretation. This 14th issue contains four articles that contravene accepted precepts of jazz orthodoxy: John Howland traces the connection between Duke Ellington's extended works and the 'symphonic jazz' model of the 1920s; Horace J. Maxile, Jr. takes an unfashionably broad perspective of Charles Mingus's 'Ecclusiastics'; Brian Priestley challenges the canonical depiction of Charlie Parker by exploring his ties to the popular music of his time; and John Wriggle presents an extensive examination of the life and work of arranger Chappie Willet.
Edward Berger is associate director of the Institute of Jazz Studies. Henry Martin is professor of music at Rutgers University, Newark. Dan Morgenstern is director of the Institute of Jazz Studies. Evan Spring, a freelance writer, hosts a jazz radio program on WKCR in New York City. George Bassett studied music theory with James Randall, Milton Babbitt, and Claudio Spies at Princeton University.