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Princeton Names Rudresh Mahanthappa Director of Jazz

Saxophonist-composer will begin appointment in the fall

Rudresh Mahanthappa has been named Director of Jazz at Princeton University

Princeton University’s Department of Music has named saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa Director of Jazz. Mahanthappa, who comes to Princeton with an extensive jazz background and a voice “intent on transcending cultural divides by hybridizing progressive jazz and non-Western musical traditions,” according to a press release, will begin his appointment as the Anthony H. P. Lee ’79 Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the start of the fall term. He will succeed Dr. Anthony D. J. Branker, founder of the Program in Jazz Studies.

Recently, Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls was named Album of the Year in the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Additionally, that same year Mahanthappa joined the United States Fellows, the latest in a series of honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and the highly coveted Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

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