Splash Biography



ETHAN DODD, Jazz Philosopher




Major: Undeclared

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Ethan Dodd is a Yale Sophomore in Jonathan Edwards College who hopes to major in Ethics, Politics, and Economics while furthering his growth as a musician. He manages and plays lead tenor saxophone in Yale Jazz Ensemble. He also plays soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, and other woodwinds. He performs on campus in the Coached Combo Program and as a gigging musician. He studied the two-part sequence of jazz history taught by Michael Veal and Brian Kane and interests himself in aesthetic judgment and music's relationship to society and culture. He is currently studying 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 Fundraising 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 watches eccentric films.



Past Classes

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A3917: Is Jazz Dead? in Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 16, 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.


E3827: Is Jazz Dead? in Sprout Fall 2019 (Sep. 28 - Oct. 12, 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.


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.