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Thomas Brothers

Professor of Music
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
071 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708


Thomas Brothers joined the faculty at Duke in 1991 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published three books on Louis Armstrong, most recently "Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism" (2014), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography. Professor Brothers regularly teaches in  African-American music and rock, as well as in the medieval and renaissance periods.  His most recent book is "Help! The Beatles Duke Ellington and the Magic of Collaboration" (W.W. Norton 2018).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Music · 2008 - Present Music, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Berkeley · 1991 Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley · 1982 M.A.
University of Pennsylvania · 1979 B.A.