Fresno State’s Department of Music and the Center for Creativity and the Arts present Dr. Tammy Kernodle, a musicologist and specialist on women in jazz. This lecture is part of the Global Music Series and part of the CCA’s 2017-18 theme “Voice and Silence: Expressions of Community, Advocacy and the Human Spirit.”

Kernodle, a professor of musicology at Miami University of Ohio, will present two lectures at the University Business Center, PB 191Her scholarship has focused mainly on various genres of African American music, jazz, and gender and popular music.

Lecture I: “Tryin’ Times:  Black Women, Soul, and Narratives of Resistance in the Age of Black Power”

  • 4-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21

Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and Roberta Flack emerged in the late 1960s as voices that used musical performances to mediated audiences through one of America’s most chaotic and violent periods.  This presentation explores how musicians of this era intertwined ideologies associated with the Civil Rights campaigns of the 1960s (e.g. equality, self-empowerment, black nationalism) with the experiences of black women in America to expand the musical and sociological context of black popular music.

Lecture II: “Playing From the Margins: Gender, Jazz and Cultural Containment in Cold War Era America”

  • 2-3:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22

The advent of bebop in the late 1940s marked not only the emergence of a modern jazz aesthetic but a shift in the cultural politics of the genre.  The new sights of cultural exchange — the nightclub and jam session — were scripted as masculine spaces.  This presentation explores how the cultural, and gender politics of modern jazz undermined the ascendancy of the female jazz instrumentalist, which increased with the rise of all-girl bands during the 1930s and 1940s.  It will also discuss the efforts employed by musicians such as pianist/arranger Mary Lou Williams and trombonist/arranger Melba Liston to counter the gendered narratives and spaces created through the modern jazz aesthetic.

These lectures are made possible through the support of Associated Students Inc. Both events are free and open to the public.

For additional information contact Dr. Donald Henriques, dhenriques@csufresno.edu.