Jim Merod is an outstanding recording engineer who in the early 1990s founded BluePort Sound recording studio and BluePort Jazz, a label with 15 published albums.
For more than 25 years, he has recorded a “who’s who” of legendary jazz, blues, and Latin musicians: Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, John Hicks, Sarah Vaughan, Kenny Barron, Clark Terry and Wayne Shorter, just to name a few. Read More
Jim has written about music, recording, audio gear, and the jazz scene for the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union, Jazz News, the Jazz Link, Jazz Now, and other publications. He is currently a consultant for several media and audiophile projects in the US and Europe as well as an equipment reviewer for POSITIVE FEEDBACK.
He teaches literature and humanities alongside his annual seminar in jazz studies at Soka University of America in Orange County. Throughout the ‘90s, Jim was a member of the Board of directors at the Napa Valley Jazz Festival and played a vital role in establishing Elario’s Jazz Club, in La Jolla, California, as one of the premier jazz venues on the west coast. Find the Writings
Jim has taught critical theory and literature at Brown, Brandeis, Cornell, Stanford and UCLA. He founded and directed Cornell’s Freshman Summer College and coordinated the Ivy League Writing Consortium. He has been a Fellow at the University of California, and the University of Hawai’i, and Cornell. Author of a book on critical theory (Cornell Univ. Press) and another on “Jazz as a Cultural Archive” (Duke Univ. Press), Jim has lectured at Williams, Notre Dame, Reed, Marquette, Emory, University of Pittsburgh, and several campuses of the University of California. Jim is the recipient of the Harvard Book Award, the Bausch and Lomb Science Award, a National Science Foundation grant for elementary particle research, and was recognized at Brandeis with the Michael Walzer Award for outstanding teaching. He has twice been honored as “professor of the year” at Soka University. See the Book