Jason King

Jason King

jasonkingonline.com

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University
M.A. Performance Studies, New York University
BFA, New School for Social Research
AA, Theater and Musical Performance, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012-PRESENT* ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL STUDIES DIRECTOR OF WRITING, HISTORY & EMERGENT MEDIA STUDIES The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
clivedavisinst.tisch.nyu.edu

2010-PRESENT AFFILIATED FACULTY, New York University
NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
nyuad.nyu.edu

2010-PRESENT AFFILIATED FACULTY, New York University
Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore
www.tischasia.nyu.edu.sg

2006-2012 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
clivedavisinst.tisch.nyu.edu

2003-2006 ASSOCIATE CHAIR AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,
The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

2002-2003 VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,
The Department of Art and Public Policy,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

2000-2002** ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR, New York University
Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Music;
Gallatin School of Individualized Study;
Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Drama;
College of Arts and Science, Asian/Pacific American Studies Program

CLASSES TAUGHT

  • Artist in Popular Music (The)
  • A&R/Artist Development
  • Basics of Branding (The)
  • Branding
  • Capstone Project: Senior Colloquium
  • Collision Course: Crossings between African and Asian Cultures
  • Comparative African and Asian American Cinema
  • Conversations with Today's Hitmakers
  • Conversations with Technology Entrepreneurs
  • Cosmopolitanism and Pop Music
  • Cosmopolitanism and Popular Culture
  • Fame
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Hip-Hop: History Culture and Criticism
  • History and Culture of Recorded Sound (The)
  • Identity in a Multicultural World (Writing Seminar)
  • Immersive Experiences
  • Jazz Singers
  • Making Music
  • Music Moguls
  • Music Producer as Entrepreneur
  • Music Recommendation and Discovery
  • Old-School Hip Hop
  • Popular Music in the 21st Century
  • Producing and Selling Music in a Global Marketplace
  • R&B: Music, Culture & Criticism
  • Record Producer as Creative Artist (The)
  • World Through Art (The)

MEDIA APPEARANCES

SELECTED PRINT APPEARANCES

  • AOL
  • AP Newswire
  • Billboard
  • Crains'
  • Downbeat
  • Gawker
  • Idolator.com
  • Los Angeles Times
  • MSNBC
  • New York
  • New York Times
  • Pitchfork
  • Reuters
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seattle Post
  • Spin
  • The Root
  • Time Out New York
  • Vice
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Washington Post

    SELECTED TV AND RADIO APPEARANCES:

  • Access Hollywood
  • Al Arabiya
  • BET Nightly News
  • BET's 106 & Park
  • CBC
  • Fox-5
  • Fuse TV
  • MTV
  • NPR (regular contributor)
  • NYC-TV
  • "Iconoclasts" w/ Clive Davis and Bill Maher (Sundance Channel)
  • VH1 Top 20
  • WB Network
  • TV-One - "Celebrity Crimes Files"

SELECT APPEARANCES IN MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES:

  • A&E / Biography Channel - The Jackson 5
  • A&E / Biography Channel - Boyz II Men (Sept 3 2009) w Wayna Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Wendy Williams, etc.
  • "Bad 25" (2012 Michael Jackson music documentary) An Optimum Prods. presentation. Directed and produced by Spike Lee. Executive producers, John Branca, John McClain, Antonio "L.A." Reid. With: Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Antonio "L.A." Reid, John Branca, John Robinson, Greg Phillinganes, Siedah Garrett, Bruce Swedien, Jerry Hey, Vincent Paterson, Martin Scorsese, Ahmir "?uestlove"Thompson, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber, Cee-Lo Green, Andrae Harrell, Richard Price, Karen Langford, Joe Pytko, Colin Chilvers, Jim Blashfield, Ollie Brown, Jeffrey Daniel, Walter Yetnikoff, Nelson George, Joe Vogel, Danyel Smith, Lisa Robinson, Ron Powers, John Barnes, Ruben Blades, Will Vinton, Miko Brando, Jason King, Tatiana Thumbtzen, Seth Riggs, Matt Forger, Andrae Crouch, Jerry Kramer, Chris Brown.
  • "The Black Chord" (BBC Radio 2) - presented by Neneh Cherry, with Baaba Maal, Wyclef Jean, Courtney Pine, Carleen Anderson, 2007
  • "Feeling Good - The Nina Simone Story Part 1" (BBC Radio 2)
    Winner Best Music Feature/Special/Documentary, Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012
  • "Glamourpuss: The Lady Gaga Story" (DVD, Prism Films)
  • "Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall" (Showtime, BBC, dir. Spike Lee, 2016)
  • "The Last Record Man — Clive Davis" (BBC Radio 2)
  • "The Story of Mariah Carey" - BBC Radio1 Xtra Radio Documentary
  • Nicki Minaj documentary project (filmed August 2012)
  • Chris Brown documentary project (filmed August 2012)
  • documentary on "The History of R&B" (filmed October 2012)
  • documentary "How They Get Down: A Documentary Exploration of the Music Industry"
  • National Geographic documentary presents the1980s
  • BBC documentary on Roberta Flack
  • Soundbreaking, PBS series on the history of record producing


CONFERENCES, FESTIVALS AND CONCERTS PRODUCED:

BLACK PERFORMANCE THEORY 2015 Co-producer / host of multi-day conference workshop at New York University. Producer of evening dialogue / career retrospective with Meshell Ndegeocello. May 2015.

CLUB CLASSICS LIVE! Curator of one day concert at Central Park Summerstage, New York for City Parks Foundation, June 28 2014. Featuring Sam Sparro, Ultra Nate, Kevin Aviance, Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson, Luci Anderson (formerly of Chic), Vivian Reed, Company Freak.

EMP POP CONFERENCE 2012 Four day pop music studies extravaganza at NYU, March 22-25th 2012. With Esperanza Spalding, Angelique Kidjo, Santigold, Heems from Das Racist, ?uestlove, GZA/The Genius, Chuck D, and 350 scholar/journalist/musician speakers. In conjunction with EMP Museum in Seattle. www.empmuseum.org/education/index.asp?categoryID=26

MOTOWN U A celebration of Motown’s 50th Anniversary at The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music in conjunction with Universal Music Enterprises. Events: * “Remembering Michael Jackson” with Spike Lee, Margo Jefferson, Alan Light, Toure, Daphne Brooks, Armond White, Jody Rosen. * “The Making of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You, Track By Track” with producer Leon Ware and Universal Music Vice President Harry Weinger. * A weeklong Masterclass with Leon Ware at NYU. Two-day event: “Maxine Powell: Motown’s First Lady of Artist Development” with Maxine Powell. * A Conversation with Raphael Saadiq.” September-December 2009. http://clivedavisinst.tisch.nyu.edu/object/motownuseries.html

ALICIA KEYS - ELEMENT OF FREEDOM COLLEGE TOUR KICK-OFF Hosted and produced with Sony Music Entertainment

FEST FORWARD — HIP-HOP UNBOUND (co-producer with Rika Iino and Wiley Hausam). Two-week hip-hop festival at NYU. With Decadence Theater, Full Circle, The Coup, etc. Panels: "The Making of Planet Rock," with Arthur Baker, John Robie, Fab 5 Freddy, The Soulsonic Force, etc. "Executive Decisions: 30 Years of Powerful Women in Hip- Hop," with Danyel Smith, Ann Carli, Lisa Cortes, etc. and "The Future of Hip-Hop" with Jon Caramanica, Bakari Kitwana, Richard Goldstein, etc. April 3-15 2007. http://skirballcenter.nyu.edu/calendar/fest_forward_hip_hop

NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL, ATLANTA, 2006 (contracted producer) http://nbaf.org/

THE MAKING OF PUBLIC ENEMY’S 'IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK' Producer and organizer of two day conference at NYU on the legendary hip hop album, w/ Chuck D, Vernon Reid, Greg Tate, Hank Shocklee, Will Calhoun, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert Christgau, Vivien Goldman, Alan Light, Greg Tate, Armond White, Jon Caramanica, Bill Adler, Lisa Cortes, Carmen Ashurst, Jeff Jones, Charlotte Hunter, Angela Thomas, Jeff Chang, Rod Hui, Nick Sansano, Chariman Mao and other original producers, engineers, executives and performers associated with rap group Public Enemy. Co-sponsored by Scratch magazine, African Heritage Month and Shocklee Entertainment. February 25-26 2005. http://www.tisch.nyu.edu/object/publicenemy

SYLVESTER: THE LIFE AND WORK OF A MUSICAL ICON A two-day NYU scholarly conference on the disco & R&B superstar. Co-producer (with Carolyn Dinshaw) of conference featuring Joshua Gamson, Djola Branner, Ed Shepard, Barry Walters, Judith Halberstam, Gayle Wald, Lindon Barrett, David Roman, Tavia Nyong’o, Kandia Crazy Horse, Josh Kun, Tim Lawrence, Suzanne Cusick, Judith Peraino, Phil Harer, Jose Esteban Munoz, and producer, vocal arranger and musical supervisor of benefit concert tribute featuring Martha Wash, Billy Porter, Kevin Aviance, Su Su Bobien, co-sponsored by Club Shelter, Sista Factory and HX Magazine October 8 & 9 2004. http://clivedavisdept.tisch.nyu.edu/object/sylvester.html

ROC-A-FELLA RECORDS’ 10TH ANNIVERSARY KICK-OFF Producer of evening commemorating the cultural and musical impact of Hip Hop music’s most influential empire, with CEO Damon Dash, Rell and Nicole Wray, DJ Clark Kent, and others, Nov 3 2004.

WRITING

BOOKS

Blue Magic: Spirit and Energy in Black Popular Music (forthcoming full-length book, Duke University Press).

The Michael Jackson Treasures: Celebrating the King of Pop in Photos and Memorabilia. New York: Fall River Press/Barnes & Noble. 2009. Translated in 7 languages.

MUSIC JOURNALISM/CULTURAL CRITICISM

LINER NOTES

"Voodoo" (Reissue) — D'Angelo (Light in the Attic)
"The Intimate Luther Vandross" — Luther Vandross (Sony Music Legacy)

ESSAYS

  • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: Presence, Spectacle and Good Feeling in Michael Jackson’s This is It,” Black Performance Theory (tentative title), Thomas DeFrantz, Anita Gonzalez, editors. 2014 (Forthcoming).
  • “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: Presence, Spectacle and Good Feeling in Michael Jackson’s This is It,” Taking it to the Bridge: Music as Performance (University of Michigan Press), Richard Pettengill and Nicholas Cook, editors. 2013.
  • “Michael Jackson: An Appreciation of His Talent,” www.passedthecurve.com. Included in Best Music Writing 2010 anthology, guest editor Ann Powers. Da Capo Press. 2010.
  • "Killing Me Softly: The Power of Vibe in the Work of Roberta Flack," Listen Up: A Momentary History of Pop Music, ed. Eric Weisbard. Duke University Press. 2007.
  • "Isaac Diggs" in Frequency Catalog, Studio Museum of Harlem, ed. by Thelma Golden, Christine Kim. 2005. 
- “Denzel Washington,” “Bill Cosby,” “Gordon Parks Jr.” in African American Lives, ed. Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Oxford University Press.
 2004.
  • “Which Way is Down? Improvisations on Black Mobility” in Women and Performance, eds. Michelle Dent and MJ Thompson, Issue 27, 14:1. 2004.
  • "Toni Braxton, Disney and Thermodynamics" in TDR, Fall. 2002.
  • “Everything is Everything: Digging the (W)hole in Spike Lee’s Crooklyn” in Fractured Geographies/Local Identities: Performing the African Diaspora, ed. by Jean Mutehba Rahier, Greenwoods Press
. 2001 (unreleased).
  • “Cultural Studies and the Body: Ass Politics, Feng Shui and the Timbaland Sound” in Blackwell’s Companion to Cultural Studies, ed. by Toby Miller. Blackwells' Press.
 2001.
  • “Freak: John Leguizamo,” in Holy Terrors: Latin American Women and Performance. Issue #22. Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. 2001.
  • “Any Love: Silence, Theft and Rumor in the Work of Luther Vandross” in The Greatest Taboo, ed. by Delroy Constantine-Simms. Alyson Press
. 2001.
  • “Any Love: Silence, Theft and Rumor in the Work of Luther Vandross” in Callaloo, ed. by Jennifer Devere Brody and Dwight McBride. Winter; Vol. 23, Iss. 1; pg. 422-. 2000.
  • “Form and Function: Superstardom and Aesthetics in the Music Videos of Michael and Janet Jackson” in The Velvet Light Trap: A Journal of Television, Radio and Film. Fall. 1999.
  • “Hair: The Musical,” “Michael Jordan,” “Spike Lee,” “Bob Marley,” “New Kids on the Block,” “Prince,” “Diana Ross and the Supremes,” “Snoop Doggy Dogg” in The Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, ed. by Sara and Tom Pendergast, St. James’ Press. 1999.
  • “When Autobiography Becomes Soul: Erykah Badu and the Cultural Politics of Black Feminism” in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Issue 19. 1999.

MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPERS

  • Vibe (Contributing Writer, 7 years, 2001-2008)
  • Village Voice (Contributing Writer, 3 years, 2003-2006)
  • Blender (Contributing Writer, 2 years, 2005-2007)
    Current:
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Idolator.com

  • TheRoot.com

  • Slate.com

  • Spin


  • *Billboard

  • Pitchfork

  • Vice

    *Quartz

LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS, INTERVIEWS

Full list coming

CREATIVE AND BUSINESS PROJECTS


FULL LIST FORTHCOMING, INCLUDES:
Artist and label management:
Branding
Consultation / Advising:
Management and Career Supervision of recording artists
Production
Songwriting
Playwriting
Vocal arranging:
Musical direction and supervision:
Live event production
Expert Witness consultation