Kelsey Klotz

Kelsey Klotz is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. She has a Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on the cultural construction of cool jazz around narratives of white privilege, and emphasizes the lived experiences and sounds produced by black and white musicians.

Posts by Kelsey Klotz

The Uneasy Past of the Veiled Prophet Organization: Part II

For more than a century, the Veiled Prophet Organization has faced race-based protests; however, during all of that time, the organization has been able to claim innocence against racism based on historical context: they made no explicitly racist comments in public, and their exclusionary practices were the same as other fraternal organizations.

An Album While You Wait

Throughout her career thus far (it is hard to remember that she is just 33 years old), Esperanza Spalding has proven that hers is a unique voice in the music industry, easily crossing genre boundaries, yet continuously lauded by jazz musicians and audiences.

The Other Face of Racism

Identifying racism is an important step in stemming its tide, but we (and I speak specifically to white people) must be willing and able to consider that racism might look and sound like ourselves.

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Wonder Woman!

Despite the easy, pseudo-feminist promotion of Diana as “strong,” Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins ultimately created a character who can contain a multitude of expressions that can simultaneously reinforce and disrupt typical gender norms.

The Art of the Mistake

Theories of mistakes in jazz scholarship helps us understand the ways in which mistakes in jazz performance are valued by audiences and performers—and the ways in which they are not.

Bittersweet Symphonies

What happens when different musical genres and their associated connotations—as represented in musicians, styles of music, and surroundings—collide?