Selected Writings and Videos


Looking for Jazz Uplift Under Lockdown (Zocalo Public Square, Aug. 3, 2020)

New Orleans Needs New Cultural Policy (Wall Street Journal, 2015)

New Orleans Jazz Culture Saved the City: Now Can It Save Itself?: Katrina at 10 (Salon, 2015)

ACLU Defends New Orleans Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs (Village Voice, 2007)

Can a Trumpet Silence a Gun? (Daily Beast, 2019)

Marc Ribot’s Anti-Trump Army (Daily Beast, 2018)

Female Musicians Organize for Equity and Against Harassment (Daily Beast, 2018)

Can Arts Keep Borders Open in Trumpian Times? (Daily Beast, 2017)

U.S. and Cuban Musicians Unite Amid Loosened Restrictions (Daily Beast, 2018)

Narrowing the 90 Miles: U.S-Cuba Policy (Wall Street Journal, 2015)

“Exploding Myths in Morocco and Senegal: Sufis Making Music After 9/11” (Essay, “Music in the Post-9/11 World,” Routledge University Press, 2007)

Senegalese Singer Youssou N’Dour Protests the Iraq War (Salon, 2005)

Weapons of Mass Sedition: The Fes Festival of Sacred Music (Village Voice, 2004)


Ten Years After: The State of New Orleans Music and Culture (Aug. 24, 2015)

Immigrant Music & Sounds of Identity: Jazz and Social Justice (National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 2017)

Swing States: Getting Out the Vote (National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 2020)