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Institute of Jazz Studies
John Cotton Dana Library
185 University Ave.
Newark NJ 07102
Tel: (973) 353-5595
Fax: (973) 353-5944
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IJS Personnel

WAYNE WINBORNE, Executive Director, holds degrees from both Stanford University and New York University, has worked with artists and musicians, co-produced jazz recordings, taught Jazz History and Appreciation as an undergraduate at Stanford, serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, served at the Vice President level at Prudential Financial, along with other positions in business programs and policy research. He has numerous publications and conference presentations while serving on the boards of several local and national non-profit organizations.

VINCENT PELOTE, Director of Operations, holds a B.A. in Music Education and a M.L.S. from Rutgers. He has published several discographies, including one on Lionel Hampton in the vibraphonist's autobiography. He is active in the Music Library Association and in the Association of Recorded Sound Collections, where he has served as President.

ADRIANA P. CUERVO, CA Associate Director - Adriana came to IJS from the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was an assistant archivist for music and fine arts for eight years. She has a master's degree in library science from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor's degree in music history from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. Adriana has been recently appointed to the Society of American Archivists' Journal Editorial Board, The American Archivist.

TAD HERSHORN, Archivist, has written about and photographed jazz since the late 1960s and has published the book: Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, U. Cal. Press (2011). He received a Master's degree in history from George Mason University, followed by an M.L.S. from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in archives and manuscripts.

ANGELA LAWRENCE, Processing Archivist, is a graduate of: the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts, Morgan State University with an M.A. in Music, and Queens College - City University of New York - with an M.S. in LIbrary and Information Studies. She has also done doctoral work in Music Theory at the Graduate Center - City University of New York.

ELIZABETH SURLES, Archivist, holds an M.A. in Musicology and an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously she worked at the American Alpine Club Library first as Digitization Archivist and then Library Director. She also served as Project Coordinator at the Starr-Gennett Foundation after earning her B.A. in Music and History cum laude from Lawrence University. She has published on musicians ranging from May Irwin to Jurassic Five to Mamie Smith and enjoys singing trad jazz.

ELSA ALVES, Collection Manager, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers. She has had extensive experience in library work and collection management in the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers - Newark.

ROBERT NAHORY, Digital Library Applications Developer, joined IJS after extensive experience in physics research on lasers for fiber optic communications. He holds a PhD in physics and has published over 150 physics research papers along with a book: Lasers, Harnessing the Atom's Light, Freeman (1998). His past technical experience combined with the fact that he is a musician led him to IJS.

JOE PETERSON, Reference Associate, holds an M.A. as a graduate of the Jazz History and Research Program at Rutgers-Newark. He also holds a B.A. in History from Monmouth University in New Jersey, and is an active jazz musician specializing in the bass.

EDWARD BERGER, Special Projects Consultant, is a graduate of Indiana University and has a M.L.S. from Rutgers. He is co-author of Benny Carter: A Life in American Music, Reminiscing in Tempo, and Basically Speaking: An Oral History of George Duvivier. He recenly published Softly With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music, which was awarded the 2015 Award for Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. He served as record producer and road manager for Benny Carter.