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Paul BerlinerPaul Berliner

Title: Arts and Sciences Professor
Office Location: 105 Mry Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
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  • PhD Doctor in Humane Letters (Honorary) DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2003
  • Ph.D. Wesleyan University, 1974
  • M.A. Wesleyan University, 1970
  • B.A. Antioch College, 1969

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Leeds International Jazz Conference (March 25-27, 2010), December 2010
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, January 2010
  • National Humanities Center Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2010
  • Feature article in Duke Dialogue, December 2007
  • Distinguished Professorship Award: Arts and Science Professor of Music in Trinity College of Music, Duke University, December, 2006
  • The Langford Lectureship Award, 2006
  • Distinguished Visitor Award, School of Music, University of Toronto, December, 2005
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, June, 2004
  • Fellows, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, January 2004
  • Fellowships for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, January 2002
  • External Faculty Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, January 2001
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, January 1996
  • Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, January 1996
  • Certificate of Appreciation for “Outstanding Service to Jazz Education”, International Association of Jazz Educators, 1996
  • A feature article about Thinking in Jazz appears in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume XLI, Number 28, March 28, 1995
  • Alan Merriam Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology, January 1995
  • Alan Merriam Prize for Outstanding Book in Ethnomusicology, The Society for Ethnomusicology, 1995
  • ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research for “Best Research in the Field of Recorded Jazz and Blues”, The Association for Recorded Sound Collections, 1995
  • Exemplar in Music Teaching Award, Northwestern University, 1995
  • Finalist distinction in category of “Adult Non-Fiction 1995”, The Society of Midland Authors, 1995
  • Outstanding Academic Books 1995, Choice Citation, 1995
  • Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll, Northwestern University, 1994-1995
  • ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in the category of “Outstanding Books about Music in 1978”, 1978

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • Music 133s.01, African mbira music Synopsis
    Biddle 101, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Music 790s-2.02, Studies in ethnomusicol(top) Synopsis
    Biddle 069, M 03:20 PM-05:55 PM

Recent Professional Work:


    Book Manuscripts
  • PF Berliner. The Heart that Remembers: A Tale of Zimbabwe’s Musicians in a Time of War. 2007 . (in progress)
  • PF Berliner. "“Art Farmer on Jazz Learning and Improvisation”." Jazzforschung / Jazz Research Volume 39 (December, 2007).
  • PF Berliner, Afropop Worldwide Interview [Improvisation in Jazz and Zimbabwean Music]. manual  (2007). [Ethnomusicologist]


    • Paul F. Berliner: Performances, 1991 - 1999, 1999/01/01
      with Bjorn Alterhaug; Cosmas Magaya; Howard Levy Group; Joan Wildman Group; KUDU; Paul Berliner
    • Paul F. Berliner: Solo Performances, 1994 - 1995, 1995/01/01
      with Paul Berliner

    • An Evening of Mbira Music, Paul Berliner and Mbira Master Cosmas Magaya, Duke Coffee House, undefined, 2010

       Other Activities:
    • The Soul of Mbira and Zimbabwe: Shona Mbira Music, 2002/01/01
      with Paul Berliner
    • Earth: Voices of A Planet (The Paul Winter Consort), 1989/01/01
      with Paul Berliner
    • Claudia Schmidt, 1979/01/01
      with Paul Berliner
    • The Sun Rises Late Here, 1979/01/01
      with Paul Berliner
    • Common Ground (The Paul Winter Consort), 1978/01/01
      with Paul Berliner
    • Shona Mbira Music, 1977/01/01
      with Paul Berliner
    • The Soul of Mbira, 1973/01/01
      with Paul Berliner

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