Music Department
102 Dixon Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118-5683
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Matt Sakakeeny

Assistant Professor of Music

2008 PhD, Ethnomusicology, Columbia University

2003 M.A. Musicology, Tulane University

1995 B.Music, Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.  Dual degree: Classical Guitar Performance and Sound Recording

Matt Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist, journalist, and musician in New Orleans, where he has lived since 1997. His book, Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, is a firsthand account of the precarious lives of brass band musicians in New Orleans. Keywords in Sound, co-edited with David Novak, is a critical reference work for the field of sound studies. Matt has published in journals such as Ethnomusicology, Black Music Research Journal, Contemporary Political Theory, and Current Musicology, and filed reports for public radio's All Things Considered, Marketplace,  and WWOZ's Street Talk. He is also a board member for the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund and volunteer for the Roots of Music afterschool program.


2015. Keywords in Sound. With co-author David Novak. Durham: Duke University Press.

2013. Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans. Durham: Duke University Press.

2012. Why Dey Had to Kill Him? The Life and Death of Shotgun Joe.Oxford American 79: 142-148.

2012. New Orleans Exceptionalism in "The Neoliberal Deluge" and "Treme."Perspectives on Politics 10(3): 723-726.

2011. New Orleans Music as a Circulatory System. Black Music Research Journal 31(2): 291-325. 

2011"New Orleans, Louisiana, USA," Critical Exchange on David Simon's Treme, Contemporary Political Theory 10(3): 395-398.
2010. “Under the Bridge”: An Orientation to Soundscapes in New Orleans. Ethnomusicology 54(1): 1-27
[Video supplements to this article can be viewed here.]

2010. "Jazz Funerals and Second Line Parades" -  "Brass Bands of New Orleans" : KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana.

2006. Resounding Silence in the Streets of a Musical City. Space and Culture 9(1):41-44

2005. Disciplinary Movements, the Civil Rights Movement, and Charles Keil’s “Urban
Current Musicology 79-80:143-168

2002. Indian Rulers: Mardi Gras Indians and New Orleans Funk. The Jazz Archivist
16: 9-24


Matt Sakakeeny_CV.pdf available for download

MUSC 343 African American Music
MUSC 344 Blues in American Life
MUSC 703 Introduction to Graduate Studies
MUSC 706 Introduction to New Orleans Music and Resources
MUSC 1890 New Orleans Music
MUSC 3450 Music and Politics

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