Dominique-René de Lerma:
Vincent H. Duckles Award
The Vincent H. Duckles Award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music is awarded to John Gray for his work, Baila! A Bibliographic Guide to Afro-Latin Dance Musics from Mambo to Salsa (African Diaspora Press). In his introduction to this exhaustive bibliography Gray observes that, unlike “more traditional disciplines…the corpus of materials relevant to black music studies cuts across a wide range of geographic, linguistic and disciplinary boundaries, making the task of identifying and locating materials both difficult and time consuming.” Through its methodology, attention to detail, and organization, Gray has created an indispensable reference work for students of Afro-Latin dance music that has attained his goal for this incredible volume, specifically a research tool that facilitates the discovery of available materials for this important emerging field of research.
Therefore, we take great pleasure in recognizing John Gray for his outstanding contribution by presenting him with this year’s Vincent H. Duckles Award.
Dominique-René de Lerma