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Skidmore College
Music Department

Tsou Scholar Tammy Kernodle
Thursday, March 3, 5 p.m.
Zankel Music Center

Lecture:  "Your Friend Langston: An Examination of Langston Hughes' Collaborations with Black Women Musicians".

The talk explores the collaborative relationships that Hughes cultivated with folk singer Odetta, jazz musician Nina Simone, and composer/pianist Margaret Bonds during the late 1950s and 1960s, illuminating the intellectual labor of black women within the mid-century Black liberation movement

About the Speaker

Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle, musician and scholar, teaches and researches in the areas of African American music (concert and popular music).  She has worked closely with a number of educational programs including the American Jazz Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, NPR, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the BBC.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, she is the author of the biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams, and she served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music.  She appears in several acclaimed documentaries including Carol Bash’s Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, Judy Chaikin’s Girls in the Band and Stanley Nelson’s Emmy-award winning Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. She is the immediate Past President of the Society for American Music and currently holds the rank of University Distinguished Professor of Music at Miami University in Oxford, OH.

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