The Armstrong Continuum

deadline for submissions: 
February 7, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
The Center for Jazz Studies - Columbia University and the Armstrong Foundation
contact email: 

The Armstrong Continuum 2022 Meeting is seeking graduate student papers for a panel devoted to new work based on archival and scholarly research looking at the music, performances, and legacies of Louis Armstrong being done by graduate students across the globe. The Armstrong Continuum will be hosted by Robert G. O’Meally and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and is sponsored by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.


At the 2021 meeting of the Armstrong Continuum, Ingrid Monson delivered a talk on the collaborations between Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, focusing on the dichotomous relationship between their two voices: one rough, one smooth. The 2022 meeting follows this thinking, and the theme of the conference will be “Armstrong and Company,” looking at the work Armstrong produced in collaboration. The Continuum invites proposals for papers from graduate students working on any of Armstrong’s many collaborative encounters with artists including, but not limited to: Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Sidney Bechet, Bing Crosby, Dave Brubeck, Fletcher Henderson, The Dukes of Dixieland, Oscar Peterson, and Velma Middleton.


The Continuum is also interested in papers that use a broader understanding of “collaboration.” Some other possibilities might include but are not limited to:

  • Armstrong across genres
  • Contemporary music and Armstrong
  • Armstrong and hip hop
  • Armstrong and the visual arts
  • Armstrong in/on film, television, and animation
  • Armstrong as mentor
  • Armstrong and political collaboration
  • Armstrong and diaspora
  • Armstrong in the context of Edouard Glissant


The Armstrong Continuum will take place on April 7 and 8. Preparations are currently underway to hold the event online, with talks pre-recorded and live Q&A to follow. 


Abstracts should be 200 words in length. Please email abstracts to by February 7.