Jazz Exploration: The Life of “Diz”, Exploring Dizzy Gillespie with Dr Kelsey Klotz | SHARE Charlotte

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Lonnie Davis
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345 North College Street
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Charlotte, NC 28202
JazzArts Charlotte

Jazz Exploration: The Life of “Diz”, Exploring Dizzy Gillespie with Dr Kelsey Klotz

This four week online interactive workshop will focus on legendary trumpeter, composer, and bandleader John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie. He was a virtuoso improviser whose approach to trumpet playing, harmonic improvisation, and big band arranging remain key parts of the jazz lexicon today. In this class, we’ll take an in-depth look at Gillespie’s pivotal role in bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as his importance as a cultural ambassador, educator, and promoter of jazz.
Part of a series of virtual workshops taught by Dr. Kelsey Klotz, this is a perfect complement to the informative course series, as well as an excellent stand-alone deep dive for the Dizzy Gillespie fan in you.
Dr. Kelsey Klotz is a lecturer in UNC Charlotte’s Department of Music. In 2016, with a PhD in musicology. As an educator, Dr. Klotz teaches critical listening as a method for musical analysis and encountering perspectives different from one’s own. Her approach to the confluence of music and history offers a deep dive into the focal topic, relating that to influences of and to the societal environment of the time, and implications to today.
Special Thanks to our program sponsors: Infusion Fund , North Carolina Arts Council, Knight Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation, Charlotte Woman’s Club, and Akers Foundation

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Charlotte, NC 28202
United States


November 1, 2021 - 6:30pm to November 22, 2021 - 6:30pm