Professor Walter van de Leur

Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music
University of Amsterdam
Department of Musicology, University of Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam

Since September 2007, I have been Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music at the University of Amsterdam whilst working as Research coordinator in the Jazz and Classical Master’s program at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. This post requires me to deliver Music history electives in the Jazz Masters program and teach jazz history for the Bachelors programme. Working across both University and Conservatoire settings has provided me with valuable insights into different musical environments and has enabled me to develop research interests that are both practically and theoretically focused.

Research Interests: 

Jazz Studies, Musicology, Dutch Jazz, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, Jazz Education


Van de leur, W., “‘People Wrap Their Lunches in Them’: Duke Ellington and His Written Music Manuscripts”. In: John Howland and Ed Green, ed. Duke Ellington Studies Anthology. New York: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

Van de Leur, W., The Real Birth of the Cool: Orchestral Jazz in the 1940s. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

Van de Leur, W., Guest-editorial for Jazz Perspectives themed issue on DukeEllington,(forthcoming)

Van de Leur, W., “Moon Dreams: Rediscovered Music of Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan.” Challenge Records CR 73275, 2008. Practice-based research project of hitherto unperformed works of Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans which I rediscovered, critically edited and prepared for performance.

Dutch Jazz Orchestra. “The Lady Who Swings the Band: Rediscovered Music of Mary Lou Williams.” Challenge Records, 2005

Van de Leur, W., Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Winner of the 2003 Irving Lowens Book Award (Society for American Music) and 2003 Award for Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music (Association of Recorded Sound Collections)

Project Title: 
Rhythm Changes