Michael Fitzgerald (MSLS '08), alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializes in the documentation and preservation of jazz music and history. His article, "Researching Washington Jazz History" is featured in the special "Jazz in Washington" issue of Washington History, the journal of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., published in the spring of 2014. In this article, Fitzgerald surveys jazz-related library collections and archives located in Washington, D.C.
Fitzgerald was also the co-curator of a multi-media exhibition entitled "Bringing Bossa Nova to the United States," a part of "The Jazz Samba Project at Strathmore." This exhibition, which was presented for two weeks in June, 2014 at the Strathmore Arts Center in Rockville, MD, documented the incorporation of Brazilian bossa nova music into the American jazz scene. To read more about the exhibit, click here.
Fitzgerald's research is featured extensively in Bruce D. Epperson's new book entitled More Important Than the Music: A History of Jazz Discography, published in 2013 by The University of Chicago Press. This book chronicles the efforts made by jazz lovers and historians (including Fitzgerald) to preserve jazz's historical and cultural legacy. To learn more about or order this book, click here.