Farah Jasmine Griffin is one of the top African-Americanists in the country. A professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia, she received her B.A. from Harvard (1985) and her Ph.D. from Yale (1992). Professor Griffin’s major fields of interest are African-American literature, music, history and politics. She is the author of Who Set You Flowin,'?: The African- American Migration Narrative, and the co-editor of Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African American Travel Writing and of Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies. Her most recent book, If You Can’t Be Free Be A Mystery: In Search of Billie Holiday, was published in 2001.
Krin Gabbard is Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the author of Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture (Rutgers U Press, 2004) and Jammin' at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema (U of Chicago Press, 1996), and the co-author of Psychiatry and the Cinema (2nd ed., 1999). He is also the editor of two anthologies, Jazz Among the Discoursesand Representing Jazz (both Duke U Press, 1995). Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture, his cultural history of the trumpet, will be published by Faber and Faber in fall 2008.
Francis Davis is a columnist for the Village Voice, a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and a Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Award winner. His many books include The History of the Blues and Jazz and Its Discontents: A Francis Davis Reader.