Splash Biography



ETHAN DODD, Jazz Saxophonist and Aspiring Philosopher




Major: Undeclared

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Ethan Dodd is a Yale First Year in Jonathan Edwards College who hopes to major in Ethics, Politics, and Economics while furthering his growth as a musician. He plays bass clarinet in the Concert Band, tenor saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble and Legacy Combo as part of the Yale Jazz Initiative, and alto and soprano saxophones and clarinet when called upon. He studies jazz arranging and composition for small groups, recording and production on Logic Pro X, and jazz piano and drums. He produced his first album in 2018 (Becoming by D Squared) available on Spotify and Apple Music. He also advocates for jazz on campus as Grant Chair of the Yale Undergraduate Jazz Collective. Non-musically, he debates politics and philosophy in the Conservative Party, writes for the Yale Daily News, and attends his classes.



Past Classes

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A3773: Is Jazz Dead? in Splash Spring 19 (Apr. 06, 2019)
Contemporary culture caricatures jazz as music for old people, intellectuals, and elevators. The film La La Land all but claimed it was dead. This course will analyze the implications of this question, drawing on different ways of looking at jazz, through historical and theoretical lenses. It will explicate the relationship between popular music and jazz, covering jazz’s roots, popular acceptance, decline, institutional preservation, and current state. All are welcome, regardless of musical background or lack thereof.