U of L African American Music Heritage Institute "The Spiritual Side of Jazz"

The University of Louisville School of Music will sponsor a special African American Music Heritage Institute (AAMHI) event on November 1 and 2, 2021 on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville.

This celebration of the history of the music of African Americans will feature concerts, clinics, lectures, and workshops for Kentuckiana students, University of Louisville students, and the general public. This year’s theme is “The Spiritual Side of Jazz.”

The institute will feature saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe Kirk Whalum's music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. In addition to his own band, Whalum has worked as a sideman with some of the greats in the industry including Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, among many others. It’s his sax heard on Houston’s mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” He has over 25 solo recordings to date including the much lauded, Gospel According to Jazz series, (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4), and his most recent project Humanité.

This two day event will include:

  • a free masterclass and workshop for students focused on improvisation
  • a public performance by Kirk Whalum and his ensemble at 8:00 pm in the Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music
    • $20 admission, $10 for students, free for U of L students with valid student ID
  • a free lecture presentation for students and the public

This event is a part of U of L's celebration of diversity and recognizes the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history. The African American Music Heritage Institute is being made possible through the generous support of numerous community and University organizations and individuals including the U of L School of Music, Owen and Eleanor Hardy, James and Teresa Reed, Audwin and Rae Helton, and an anonymous benefactor. Enclosed you will find a copy of the Institute schedule.

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    University of Louisville
    105 W. Brandeis Avenue
    Louisville , KY 40292
    United States

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