Professor Emeritus of Music Theory
B.Mus., M.Mus., M.Mus., Univ. of Illinois
Professor Dapogny, A.Mus.D., holds degrees in composition from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Robert Kelly, Hunter Johnson and Ben Johnston. He maintains an active nationwide career as pianist-bandleader, arranger and recording artist with James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band. He is editor of Jelly Roll Morton: The Collected Piano Music, a first-of-its-kind collected edition of a jazz musician's work, and an editor and editorial board member of Jazz Masterworks Editions, a publication project of Oberlin College and the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Dapogny joined the faculty in 1966. In 1982 he was honored with a Faculty Recognition Award for superb teaching and he has held a Thurnau Professorship (also awarded for outstanding teaching). His most recent recordings are Laughing At Life, Original Jelly Roll Blues, Hot Club Stomp, and On the Road.
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