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Andy Fry

Dr Andy Fry

AndyFrySenior Lecturer

Director of Graduate Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1821 
Music Department
King's College London
Strand Campus


Andy Fry joined King’s in 2007, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego and, as a visiting professor, at Berkeley. He completed his graduate studies at Oxford (D.Phil., 2004), and has also studied at the Universities of Lancaster, California (Berkeley), and Pennsylvania.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Jazz
  • African-American music
  • Music in C20th France
  • Music and race
  • Historiography 

Andy Fry’s principal research areas are Jazz (particularly pre-1950, race, gender, and historiography) and music in twentieth-century France. In addition, he has strong interests in musical theatre, in all its many forms. Several of these concerns come together in his published articles, on Josephine Baker, jazz, and black shows in interwar France. Fry has also spoken widely on such subjects at conferences and invited talks in Britain, the US, and occasionally further afield. His monograph on African-American Music and Musicians in Paris to 1960 is forthcoming.

Andy welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. 

For more details, please see his full research profile.



4AAMS158: Writing about Music (1st yr.)

6AAMS376: Western Music and Race (2nd/3rd yr.)

6AAMS377: The Jazz Tradition: Fact or Fiction? (2nd/3rd yr.)

6AAMS367: Dissertation (3rd yr.)

7AAMM009: Issues in Historiography and Criticism (M.Mus.)

7AAMM058: Jazz Studies: New, Used, and Vintage (M.Mus.)

Selected Publications
  • 'Remembrance of Jazz Past: Sidney Bechet in France’ in The Oxford Handbook to the New Cultural History of Music, ed. Jane Fulcher (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • ‘“That Gypsy in France”: Django Reinhardt’s Occupation Blouze’ in Jazz Worlds / World Jazz, ed. Philip Bohlman and Goffredo Plastino (Chicago: Chicago University Press, forthcoming).
  • Review: Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa by Ingrid Monson, Journal of the American Musicological Society 63 (2010): 716–24.
  • ‘Re-thinking the Revue nègre: Black Musical Theatre in Interwar Paris’ in Western Music and Race, ed. Julie Brown (Cambridge University Press, 2007), 258–75.
For a complete list of publications, please see Andy's full research profile.


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