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Jason King

Jason King
Artistic Director, Recorded Music
Associate Professor

Courses

The Record Producer as Creative Artist
Conversations with Today's Hitmakers
Music Moguls
Old School Hip-Hop
History & Culture of Recorded Sound
Hip-Hop History, Music, Culture
Branding
Capstone Project: Senior Colloquium
Musical Genius
Conversations with Tech-Preneurs
The Basics of Branding
Music Recommendation & Discovery

Education

M.A./Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University
B.F.A. Theatre, The New School

Biography

Jason King is a cultural critic & journalist, musician (performer, vocal arranger, producer, musical supervisor), manager, strategist & consultant to artists and labels, and live event producer. Founding full-time faculty member of the department; served as interim chair in 2002; and associate chair from 2003-2006, and Artistic Director from 2006-2012. He teaches classes on: record producing, music entrepreneurship, branding, rock music, hip-hop, r&b, soul, jazz, Asian American and African American culture. Research interests: music, cinema, popular culture, identity, globalization, 20th and 21st century geopolitics. Affiliated faculty, NYU Abu Dhabi. Has written many essays on pop music in books, anthologies and journals; contributing writer for magazines/newspapers like Vibe, Blender, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, The Root, Idolator.com. His blog entry "Michael Jackson: An Appreciation of His Talent" was chosen for the Da Capo Press Best Music Writing 2010 compilation, edited by Ann Powers. Liner notes include: a Luther Vandross compilation for Sony Music and the 2012 vinyl exclusive reissue of D'Angelo's Voodoo for Light in the Attic. He appears as a talking head and cultural critic in many music documentaries, including Glamourpuss, a 2010 Lady Gaga doc, upcoming documentaries on Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown, and Spike Lee's 2012 Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25. Recent public interviews have included Nick Jonas for Social Media Week NY 2011, and Harry Belafonte for Apple's 2012 Meet the Musician Series. Work in theatre includes "The Story of My Father" (book, music and lyrics) at The Crossroads Theater Company; "The Day Eazy-E Died" (director, sound designer) starring Anthony Mackie at the New Perspectives Theater Company, and marketing consultant/ambassador on the 2002 Tony Award winning Broadway production of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. Pioneering approach to teaching hip-hop in the classroom has been profiled on MTV, BET, and AOL and he has been invited to give lectures on popular music at universities like Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and MIT. Jason has been instrumental in producing multi-day conference events at NYU such as: the EMP Pop Conference in April 2013 featuring Amanda Palmer; the EMP Pop Conference in March 2012 with Esperanza Spalding, ?uestlove, GZA/The Genius, Angelique Kidjo and Santigold; a two-day "The Making of Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions" with Chuck D and Hank Shocklee; "Sylvester: The Life and Work of a Musical Icon" (produced with Carolyn Dinshaw) with Martha Wash and Kevin Aviance; "The Making of Afrika Bambaataa and SoulSonic Force's Planet Rock" with Arthur Baker and Fab 5 Freddy; Motown's 50 anniversary series with Leon Ware and Raphael Saadiq; Roc-a-Fella Records' 10th Anniversary with Damon Dash, and NYU's two-week marathon festival Fest Forward: Hip-Hop Unbound. As artist manager and branding consultant, has worked with a wide roster of recording artists from cult Bollywood legend Asha Puthli to jazz icon Ornette Coleman (Sound Grammar) to Internet sensations The Craig Lewis Band to electronic music innovator Jimmy Edgar (Warp Records). As a producer his credits include: the single “Hold On (He’ll Be Right There)” for soul music icon Sarah Dash of Labelle; executive producer credit on the 2012 Space Flight album by Selan featuring production by Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and guest spots by Nile Rodgers, Emily King and M1 from Dead Prez. As musical supervisor, keyboardist, vocalist and laptop programmer, Jason’s performances include Central Park Summerstage (with DJ Spooky, Talvin Singh and Prefuse 73), Joe's Pub, and numerous other venues. Jason is currently a performer, producer, arranger and songwriter, scholar, curator and journalist, and the founder / driving force behind innovative New York based dance music superband Company Freak. Jason served on the advisory board of The R&B Foundation and was a member of the editorial collective of Social Text. Jason's books: The Michael Jackson Treasures: Celebrating the King of Pop in Photos and Memorabilia (Fall River Press, 2009), now translated into 7 languages; and Blue Magic: Spirit and Energy in Popular Music (Duke University Press, forthcoming). He has taught "Popular Music in the 21st Century" and “Cosmopolitanism and Popular Music” for NYU's Faculty Resource Network. As Affiliated Faculty in NYU's Global Network, he now divides his time between New York and Abu Dhabi, where he has taught since the launch of NYU's campus in 2010. In the Middle East, he has pioneered innovative classes on global music making and transcultural approaches to recording and producing with software. In 2010, he also taught a class on producing international music business ventures to the inaugural group of Internal Media Producing students at the Tisch Asia campus in Singapore. An avid word traveler, he is currently at work on a new book on the life and times of Freddie Mercury.