Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 19 - Jennifer Caputo

A New York themed episode this week, featuring University of Alabama Ethnomusicologist (and fellow native Long Islander) Jennifer Caputo.  We discuss New York traffic (01:30), her story of arriving at Alabama (03:05), growing up in West Islip, NY (18:25), transitioning from violin to percussion (23:55), her high school years doing show choir, dance, and playing drumset for pit band (37:15), going to Queens College (CUNY) for undergrad (54:15), dealing with a comment from the crowd for her junior recital (01:09:30), working for Ethos Percussion Group before heading to Tufts University for her Master's (01:11:05), her master's thesis on Italian American Religious Festivals in Boston's North End (01:19:10), working on her Ph.d. at Wesleyan (CT) (01:29:40), researching in Southern Italy (01:35:00), and moving from the Northeast to the Deep South (01:42:20).

Closes with a rave on a special version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (01:52:40).


Jennifer Caputo's Alabama page

1010 WINS

Triborough Bridge (Now RFK Bridge)

Andrew Dewar

Long Island Rail Road

Nassau County, NY

Suffolk County, NY

Long Island Expressway Exits

Phil Cimino

Chet Doboe Drum School

"Research 1" University

Random Show Choir Cole Porter Performance

NYC's Columbus Day Parade


Michael Lipsey

Heath Brothers

Carl Schacter

Schenkerian Analysis

Journey Through a Japanese Landscape - Thea Musgrave


Nagoya Marimbas - Steve Reich

Psappha - Iannis Xenakis

Ethos Percussion Group

Robert Levin

David Locke

Boston's North End Feasts

Tomie Hahn

Alessandra Belloni

Glen Velez


"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - The Partridge Family