Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.| Editor in Chief of Musiqology
Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is Editor in Chief of Musiqology and is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A widely published writer, he is the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop (University of California Press, 2003). It was named outstanding book of the year by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. He has recently completed The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop (2013). His next book, Who Hears Here? Drastic Interpretations on Black Music History and Society, a mid-career collection of his essays is also forthcoming. He was recipient of the Lowens Award from the Society for American Music for best article on an American music topic in 2001.
He is a pianist, composer and arranger for his Philadelphia-based band, Dr. Guy’s Musiqology. In 2007 the group released a CD titled Y the Q? and in 2012 he released The Colored Waiting Room, a recording of original music blending jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel, neo-soul, and classical.
John Vilanova is the new interim managing editor of Musiqology. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. His broad research and writing agenda focuses on the production, reception, and consumption of African American and Afro-diasporic music. His current research examines the contemporary Jamaican music industry and the ongoing global reggae revival.
John also holds a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an accomplished journalist who has contributed in various written and research capacities to a multitude of publications including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Paste, and many more. He was also the principal researcher for legendary music producer Clive Davis’s acclaimed memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life (2013). John first met Dr. Guy Ramsey as a precocious undergraduate student ten years ago in Ramsey’s History of Jazz class. They formed a strong bond and working relationship that is renewed with John’s addition to the Musiqology team. He is thrilled to be continuing the work of those who came before and excited about ways he can help the blog continue to grow and flourish.