Matthew Sakakeeny is an anthropologist of music living in New Orleans and teaching at Tulane University. In his book, Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, he follows brass band musicians as they march off the streets and into nightclubs, festival grounds, and recording studios. Matthew also writes essays and occasionally produces public radio pieces on New Orleans culture. At Tulane, he teaches courses on a variety of topics ranging from classical music to New Orleans music.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, he attended Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and worked as a sound engineer at the Smithsonian Institution. He moved to New Orleans in 1997 and became the co-producer of the public radio program American Routes. Matthew received his PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2008 and is currently an Associate Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane. His work as an anthropologist is based on engagement with everyday New Orleanians on issues of social justice.
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