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Dr. Kelsey Klotz, on Brubeck, Brahms & 1959

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.

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A Bartender’s Story with a Twist: Profile of JP

How many times have we heard Lonnie say, “Jazz makes you thirsty. So feel free to go to the bar even in the middle of a song, and John will take care of you.” But John is a man of many talents in the truest sense.

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The Evolution of Music During Quarantine

One jazz patron asks: what will we gain from this experience? Our musicians answer.

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Students Finding the Music Again

Jazz educators share how they are helping motivate their students as we all face isolation, fear, and boredom.

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Missing the Power of the Music

“We don’t often know how music affects the listener, soothing so many underlining issues we all carry from day to day. Musicians underestimate the power of the music we play. “ During this pandemic, musicians and audiences feel a sense of shock, trepidation, and tragedy.

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