PhD in Creativity candidate and UArts faculty member Jamal Jones.

PhD in Creativity

PhD candidate Jamal Jones is a jazz composer, arranger, and performer, and Professor of Musicianship and Jazz Arranging at the University of the Arts.


This dissertation will focus on integrating live electronic sampling with acoustic musicians in the live performance setting. Acoustic musicians provide the musical content necessary for the sampler to loop, reconstruct, and explore the plethora of ways that it can be played back to the audience and fellow musicians onstage. Jones also researches the psychology of audience suspense. Lastly, as Jones discovers possibilities of how to compose for this electronic and acoustic technique, the dissertation will construct a curriculum for instruction to assist in furthering the art of composition for future generations of music students and composers.


Jim McNeely, Pianist, Composer, and Professor Emeritus in Jazz Composition at Manhattan School of Music

Anthony Davis, Composer, Professor of Music at UC San Diego

Quinn Bauriedel, Associate Professor and Program Director of the MFA in Devised Performance at University of the Arts, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company

Jamal Jones