Listen to Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle, musician and scholar, discuss the storytelling power of jazz, soul, R&B and it’s legacy and fusing with opera to communicate powerful narratives through music—particularly as they are rooted in Black American experience, excellence, and expertise. From a deep history, Dr. Kernodle focuses on contemporary opera in the late 20th century and the intersectional identities in these operas that reveal the complex stories of our time. BLO Artists perform excerpts in this one-hour lecture performance presented by Boston Lyric Opera in support of the Boston Public Library’s Repairing America: Racial Equity and Recovery initiative.
Tammy L. Kernodle is Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she teaches in the areas of African American music, American music, and gender studies in music. She served as the Scholar in Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City (1999-2001) and has worked closely with a number of educational programs including the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Jazz@Lincoln Center, NPR, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Lecture series and the BBC. Her work has appeared in American Studies, Musical Quarterly, Black Music Research Journal, The Journal of the Society of American Music, American Music Research Journal, The U.S Catholic Historian, The African American Lectionary Project and numerous anthologies. Kernodle is the author of biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams and served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music. She served as a scholarly consultant for the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s inaugural exhibits entitled “Musical Crossroads” and appears in a number of award-winning documentaries including Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band and Girls in the Band and recently Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. In 2018, she was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Medallion, the highest award given to a Miami University faculty member in recognition of their research, teaching and service. She is the first African American to receive this award. She is currently the President of the Society for American Music.
The Repairing America Initiative is the Boston Public Library's pledge to focus its 2021 programming and services on bridging the gaps that divide America. By prioritizing economic recovery, civic engagement, COVID-19 recovery, racial equity, workforce development, and youth engagement, the BPL is working to help Americans rise above the challenges they face.
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