Saturday, February 27, 2010

Music historian to speak March 9 at KU on black women's narratives in jazz

LAWRENCE — Tammy Kernodle, historical musicologist and author of “Soul on Soul: the Music and Life of Mary Lou Williams,” will give a lecture on jazz at the University of Kansas.

As part of the University Honors Program lecture series “Writing Jazz,” Kernodle will present “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit: Constructing Black Women’s Conversion Narratives in Jazz,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Spooner Hall. Her lecture explores a convergence of jazz, spirituality and African-American women’s narratives that is rarely considered in jazz history. The artists on whom she will focus are Mary Lou Williams and Alice Coltrane. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kernodle teaches in the music department at Miami University in Ohio. Her work focuses on African-American music, American music and jazz. In addition to her acclaimed musical biography of jazz pianist, composer and arranger Williams, she has written extensively on composer William Grant Still.

Tammy Kernodle

Tammy Kernodle
Kernodle is editing a three-volume encyclopedia of African-American music. More information is available at

Kernodle’s appearance is sponsored by the University Honors Program in association with the Commons and the American Studies Program. -30-

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Feb. 26, 2010 Contact: Sherrie Tucker, American Studies Program, (785) 864-2305

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