A preliminary report on the Hope faculty-student collaborative research project focused on jazz in Japan is highlighted on the website of ASIANetwork, which supported the project through a $26,000 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellowship earlier this year.

The research project is led by Dr. Robert Hodson, associate professor of music.  This summer, he and four students (Larry Figueroa, Zach Pedigo, Nate Roberts and David Webster) traveled to Japan to study the Tokyo jazz scene by attending performances and interviewing performers, club owners, students and listeners, and performed as well.   Their follow-up plans include developing a website about jazz in Japan that will include audio and video recordings.  Dr. Hodson and the students also intend to make presentations on campus and during external events including the ASIANetwork annual conference.

The ASIANetwork page is found at:


In addition, the project is featured in the October 2010 issue of "News from HopeCollege," which is available online at: