Daniel Marx

Thesis title: An examination of the extent to which New York City and its jazz scene are good vessels for Jewish expression today
University email: hsdmarx@liverpool.ac.uk


Having gained a first-class undergraduate degree in Music with Politics and a MRes on Jewish musicians within the contemporary British jazz scene from the University of Liverpool, I am now undertaking an AHRC/NWCDTP funded PhD here. My research concerns the current state of Jewish expression and the working lives of Jewish musicians in today’s New York jazz scene.

As part of this research I have conducted fieldwork in New York City which included interviews with musicians about their experiences. Through interrogating New York jazz tourism, the influence of institutions and movements like Radical Jewish Culture, my work identifies the barriers which prevent Jewish musicians from performing their identities and attempts to find workable solutions to declining Jewishly oriented creativity in New York jazz.

Teaching and learning

Graduate teaching assistant work on the following modules:

  • Jazz (2021)
  • Music in Context (2022/3)
  • Curation and Heritage (2023)

Conference papers

"Communal leader or gatekeeper?
John Zorn and contemporary Jewish expression in New York jazz" (RMA/BFE Student Conference 2023)
"Something you do over there” Jewish musicians and the mediation of identity in contemporary British jazz (Documenting Jazz 2021, RMA Conference 2021)


  • Jewishness in music
  • Jazz
  • 20th Century American composers (i.e. Bernstein, Sondheim, Copland)
  • Bluegrass and Old Time music
  • Film and film music

External links



Prof. Catherine Tackley and Dr. Freya Jarman