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  • Colter Harper

Author Biography

Colter Harper

Dr. Harper is an American ethnomusicologist and jazz
guitarist whose research interests include jazz and urban American history, music
and labor, music pedagogy in Ghana, music and technology, music composition, and
improvisation. In January 2020, Harper completed a seventeen-month Fulbright
Scholar position in the University of Ghana’s Department of Music. His research from
this and previous trips to Ghana bridge music production, audio archiving, and modern
musical practice in Accra. Currently he is completing a book on the history of jazz in
Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood. Harper completed his PhD in ethnomusicology
at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011 and performs as a guitarist in Ghana and the

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