All About Jazz

Home » Member Page

Gregg Akkerman

Dr. Gregg Akkerman is the author of "The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story" and an Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg.

About Me

Dr. Gregg Akkerman is a writer/performer/educator born in the southern California desert to a mother with the good sense to provide her son the same birthday as Duke Ellington. He worked many years as a pianist/vocalist throughout the Southwest before earning a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University and a Doctorate of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. His recent book, The Last Balladeer: The Johnny Hartman Story, was published in 2012. Akkerman is also the editor of The Listener's Companion book series from Scarecrow Press.

Currently, Akkerman is an associate professor of music at the University of South Carolina Upstate and the founding director of The Spartanburg Music Academy. He still performs on a regular basis and specializes in music of the Great American Songbook. He likes cookies.

My Jazz Story

When I was 12, a much wiser and more experienced musician (he was 16!) said, "Just play any notes you want. It's called jazz." I was hooked.

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.