We welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Kelsey Klotz, who will be leading the Jazz Appreciation online workshop. Dr. Klotz is a lecturer in UNC Charlotte’s Department of Art & Art History, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University a Ph.D. in Musicology with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a piano concentration. We caught up to Kelsey to talk about her background and her choice of topic for this class.
The recorded career of jazz legend John Coltrane as a leader, breaks essentially, into three distinct phases. The surprising commercial appeal of the saxophone-driven title track of the album “My Favorite Things”, led to Trane’s third – Impulse Records. It was artistically successful, albeit commercially mixed.
Success does not happen overnight, rather it is a process over a lifetime, says saxophonist Steve Wilson. His long list of accomplishments include over 150 recordings, tours all over the U.S and Europe, a teaching position at Juilliard, and his most recent album release. He says he continues to captivate audiences because he continues to learn and grow.