Nate Sloan is a musicologist and performer who researches jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and popular music. Sloan hosts Switched on Pop with songwriter Charlie Harding, a podcast produced by Vox Media which has been cited by Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly as a top music podcast, and he provides music analysis for The Economist, NPR, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and CBC Radio’s “Day 6.” Sloan’s vaudeville duo, The Gideon and Hubcap Show, has played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s Soho Theatre. He also composes for theatre and film, including the score for the short documentary Slomo, and performs in the Dave Harrington Group. Nate Sloan also has professional experience as a consulting musicological expert in copyright litigation and clearance, including informal consultation, formal reports and legal depositions. Fees and availability upon request via email.
- “Stormy Relations: The Cotton Club, Broadway Spirituals, and Harlem Encounters in the Music of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler” (Musical Quarterly, 2019)
- Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters, co-authored with Charlie Harding (Oxford University Press, 2020)
- “Constructing Cab Calloway: Race, Publicity, and Performance in 1930s Harlem Jazz” (Journal of Musicology, 2019)
- “George Gershwin and Instrumental Jazz” in The Cambridge Companion to George Gershwin (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
- “Taylor Swift and the Work of Songwriting” (Contemporary Music Review, 2021)
- PhD, Stanford University
- BA, Brown University