Lara Pellegrinelli
World Music

Lara Pellegrinelli is an arts journalist and scholar. She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, focusing her research on jazz studies. Her dissertation, “The Song is Who? Locating Singers on the Jazz Scene,” is the first ethnography of jazz singing. Following a visiting assistant professorship in the music department at the University of Richmond, where she also taught music criticism, she embarked on an around-the-world voyage with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. She has also taught at NYU, Princeton, and New England Conservatory. Pellegrinelli began freelancing as an arts journalist during her graduate student days. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Jazz Times. She contributes arts & culture pieces to National Public Radio for shows including All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Her long list of interview subjects includes Asha Bhosle, Wafaa Bilal, Claire Chase, Vince Clarke, Sussan Deyhim, James Galway, Shirley Horn, Ed Koch, Erica Jong, Wynton Marsalis, Meredith Monk, Michael Musto, Bobbie Lee Nelson, Anita O’Day, Edward James Olmos, Penny Palfrey, Angie Pontani, and Jacques Pepin.