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“I was Praying in my Playing”: Black Women, Jazz and Spirituality  

DESCRIPTION: Tammy Kernodle is Associate Professor of Musicology at Miami University and has served as the Scholar-in-Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. She has lectured extensively on the operas of William Grant Still and the religious compositions of jazz pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams. She is the author of the biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams (Northeastern University Press, 2004) which chronicles the life and music of one of the leading female figures in modern jazz. Kernodle’s work has also appeared in Musical Quarterly, American Music Research Journal, and in an anthology addressing the contributions of women to music entitled Women’s Voices Across Musical Worlds (Northeastern University Press)  
DATE: Wednesday, March19, 2008
TIME: 5:00pm 
LOCATION: Gold Room, Brooklyn College Student Center 
CONTACT: Carl Clements 
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