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Women in Jazz Workshop

For March 2021, Women’s History Month

Mondays 6:30-8:00pm, February 28 – March 21
Online Class – $100

Continuing our series of digital workshops, Dr. Kelsey Klotz will guide dialogue and present the unsung contributions of jazz women musicians during Women’s History Month and prepares us to enjoy some of the great women in jazz today in this month’s JAZZ ROOM Women in Jazz performance.

Women have been integral to jazz since its beginning. This four-week online class celebrates the full breadth of women active in jazz history, including well-known past performers such as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Melba Liston, Lil Hardin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Geri Allen, present day performers like Esperanza Spalding, Jazzmeia Horn, Melissa Aldana, and Ingrid Jensen, and women who managed their partner’s careers and legacies, like pianist Lil Hardin, Iola Brubeck, Lorraine Willis Gillespie, Pannonica de Koenigswarter, and Nellie Monk.

Technical requirements:

  • Access to reliable wireless internet and computer. Zoom will be the platform used for this course.

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 February 25.

$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 supporters

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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