George Blake is a Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UCSB. He received his B.A. in African American Studies and Music from Wesleyan University and his M.A. in Ethnomusicology from UCSB, under the co-advisement of Tim Cooley and George Lipsitz. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant for Music and Popular Culture in America, World Music, Race and Racism, Introduction to African American Literature and The Civil Rights Movement. Outside of the university, he has worked as a counselor at a youth music camp, a private piano instructor and co-taught a course on jazz at Niantic Correctional Facility. He has presented papers at events such as The Experience Music Project Pop Conference, The Annual Meeting for the Society of Ethnomusicology and the Guelph Jazz Festival. George has also participated in the Advanced Oral History Summer Institute at UC Berkeley and the Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at The University of Guelph. His research interests include racial crossing, globalization and jazz.