I am Wouter Turkenburg, guitarist, musicologist, jazz history teacher, head of the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands. In 1977 I graduated from the Conservatory in Arnhem, The Netherlands on classical guitar. In 1983 I graduated 'cum laude' from the University of Amsterdam in musicology.
In 1985 I switched from assistant director of the Music Lyceum, the Amsterdam Music School, to head of the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands, as position I hold till today.
In 1989 I started to teach jazz history at the University of Utrecht as an associated professor. In 2002 I started to teach the history of jazz at the Leiden University as a free elective for students of various faculties.
In 1989 with saxophonist David Liebman I co-founded the IASJ, the International Association of Schools of Jazz, www.iasj.com
In September 2014 I started my research on the historiography of the history of jazz in Europe as a master of music student at the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory. A grant of the Ministry of Education in The Netherlands enabled me to enrol for two years to do the research component of the master of music study.