Duke Performances

Tammy Kernodle talk and book signing, Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams

Friday, November 5, 2021 | 6:00 pm


In this talk, Dr. Tammy Kernodle prepares us for Chris Pattishall’s performance of Zodiac Suite through a discussion of Mary Lou Williams’s pedagogy and how Williams integrated concepts of music-making attributed to enslaved African-Americans into her teaching. Her talk will be followed by a book signing of her recently re-released book, Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams, which details Williams’s musical life through the lens of a woman’s place in jazz and the bitter arguments over the evolution of African-American music.

Friday, November 5, 2021
6 – 7:30 PM ET
Rubenstein Arts Center, Rm. 102, Duke University
Free and open to the public

Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle graduated with a BM in choral music education and piano from Virginia State University and received a MA and Ph.D. in Music History from The Ohio State University. Her scholarship and teaching has been primarily in the areas of African American music (classical and popular); jazz and gender; and popular 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. She is the author of the biography, Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams, and appears in a number of award-winning documentaries including Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, Girls in the Band, and more recently, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.

Tickets to the world premiere of Pattishall’s Zodiac on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 can be found HERE.