Areas of Expertise
musicology, jazz music, american music, western art music
Ph.D. Musicology - Brandeis University
B.M. Flute Performance - University of Hartford
Sarah Caissie Provost is an assistant professor of musicology at the University of North Florida. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University, where she wrote a dissertation titled Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert, which discussed the racial and musical significance of a landmark jazz performance. Her research interests include the dissemination of jazz history through performance, women’s experiences in jazz and popular music, and the portrayal of swing-era musicians and dancers on film. Her work on Mary Lou Williams is forthcoming in Black Music Research Journal, and her essay on Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” and its uses in film will appear in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image.
New Faculty Fellow Nominee, American Council of Learned Societies
Outstanding Teaching Fellow, Brandeis University
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholar
Fellowship, Brandeis University
Publications & Presentations
“Bringing Something New: Female Jazz Instrumentalists’ Use of Imitation and Masculinity.” In peer-reviewed journal Jazz Perspectives (forthcoming).
"We Have No More Creators: Mary Lou Williams Performs the Jazz Canon." Forthcoming, Black Music Research Journal.
"The Dance Hall, Nazi Germany, and Hell: Accruing Meaning Through Filmic Uses of Benny Goodman's 'Sing Sing Sing." Forthcoming, Music and the Moving Image.
“Spirituality and Jazz Historiography in Mary Lou Williams’s Classroom Presentations.” Presented at the American Musicological Society National Meeting (November 2017).
"Frahlich in Swing: Ziggy Elman and Jewish Swing." Presented at the Society for American Music National Conference, Montreal, QC (March 2017)
“Jack Kleinsinger’s ‘Highlights in Jazz’ and the Reception of Jazz Revivalism.” Presented at The American Musicological Society, National Meeting, Louisville, KY (November 2015) and Southern Chapter Meeting Tampa, FL (February 2015)
“Swinging Out Into Jazz History: Incorporating Jazz Dance into the Classroom.” Presented at the American Musicological Society National Meeting, Music and Dance Study Group, Milwaukee, WI (November 2014)
“Bringing Something New: Creativity, Inspiration, and Female Jazz Performers.” Presented at Jazz Beyond Borders: Rhythm Changes, Amsterdam, Netherlands (September 2014)
“Innovation and Emulation in Reception History of Early Jazz Women.” Presented at Gender and Creation in the History of the Performing Arts International Conference, Paris, France (December 2013)
“Mary Lou Williams’s Educational Performances.” Presented at the Society for American Music Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR (March 2013)
“The Sound of Swing: Goodman’s ‘Sing Sing Sing’ in Film.” Presented at Music and the Moving Image VII, New York University (June 2012)
“‘Mary’s Ideas:’ Mary Lou Williams’s Early Arrangements and Improvisations.” Presented at Alive By Her Own Hand: Women Composers as Performers of Their Work, Waltham, MA (January 2011)
“’Easy Money Blues:’ Commercialism in the Swing Era.” Presented at the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society meeting, Wellesley, MA (February 2011)
“The Early Performed Jazz Retrospective.” Presented at the Guelph International Jazz Festival Colloquium, Guelph, ON (September , 2010), the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society meeting, Waltham, MA (February 2010)
Review: Benny Goodman’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert in Popular Music (May 2014 33:2)
Review: Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz in Notes: the Journal of the Music Library Association (December 2012)
Review: Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz in Notes: the Journal of the Music Library Association (December 2011)
“Callithumpian” and “Hazel Dorothy Scott” in The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2011 (Oxford University Press)
“Fletcher Henderson” in Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press), 2009, ed. Alfred W. Kramer.
“Lionel Hampton” in Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press), 2009, ed. Alfred W. Kramer.