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Jazz Ambassadors

April 2022, for Jazz Appreciation Month

Mondays 6:30-8:00pm, Apr 18th – May 9th
(Note this is an update to the schedule.)
Online Class

REGISTER NOW through April 14.  $100.

“Who’s the Real Ambassador?” So sang Louis Armstrong, in a performance of Dave Brubeck’s composition, The Real Ambassador (1961). Is it the political diplomat, sent overseas to ease political tensions? Or is it the cultural ambassador, sent overseas to perform and win the hearts of dignitaries and the public? This four week class focuses on jazz ambassadors, beginning with Cold War ambassadors Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, and Benny Goodman.

Part of a series of virtual workshops taught by Dr. Kelsey Klotz, this month, during Jazz Appreciation Month, we explore what made a useful representative of American democracy.

Technical requirements:

  • Access to reliable wireless internet and computer. Zoom will be the platform used for this course.
  • Note:  classes are recorded for the purposes of sharing with participants if desired.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Kelsey Klotz is a lecturer in UNC Charlotte’s Department of Music. In 2016, Dr. Klotz earned her PhD in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also earned a graduate certificate in American Culture Studies, and was awarded Washington University’s Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Klotz received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, with a piano concentration, from Truman State University.

As an educator, Dr. Klotz teaches critical listening as a method for musical analysis and encountering perspectives different from one’s own. Dr. Klotz is currently working on a book manuscript titled Dave Brubeck and the Performance of Whiteness, which examines white cool jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s career, music, and reception in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dr. Klotz has presented her research at meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for American Music, the American Studies Association, the American Studies Association, the Feminist Theory in Music conference, and various regional meetings. In 2016, she received the Charles Seeger Prize for the best student paper at the 2015 national meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her work has been supported by the Brubeck Travel Grant, the Berger-Carter Jazz Research Grant, and the Dissertation Fellowship from Washington University’s Center for the Humanities.


Registration is open now through April 14.

$100 for the full session (includes $15 non-refundable registration fee)

Payment and Refund Policy

Tuition is due at the time of registration. Full payment may be made by check, money order or credit card. A full refund will be granted up to one week before the first program day – minus a $15.00 registration fee.

Questions? Call the JazzArts Academy at 704-334-3900 or email at

Special Thanks to our program sponsors

Infusion Fund, North Carolina Arts Council, Doris Duke Foundation, Knight Foundation, Charlotte Woman’s Club, and Akers Foundation.

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Instructor:  Dr. Kelsey Klotz

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