Music Lecture: Kelsey Klotz: "Dave Brubeck and the Performance of Whiteness"
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 4:00pm
Kelsey Klotz is a lecturer at UNC Charlotte. Previously, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University with the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Dr. Klotz is currently working on a book manuscript titled "Dave Brubeck and the Performance of Whiteness." The project examines white cool jazz pianist Dave Brubeck's career, music, and reception in the 1950s and 1960s. By analyzing fan letters, unreleased outtakes, private recordings, business documents, reviews, articles, and interviews, Dr. Klotz uncovers the modes of whiteness inherent in critics', audiences', and Brubeck's mid-century constructions of whiteness. She has articles forthcoming in Dædalus, the Journal of Jazz Studies, and Jazz Perspectives.