Interview with Kelsey Klotz on Dave Brubeck’s Civil Rights Advocacy

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Kelsey Klotz
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Kelsey Klotz is a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her PhD in Musicology with a certificate in American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Her research focuses on the intersection of race and sound in 1950s and 1960s American musical culture, with a particular focus on jazz. She is currently working on a book project titled Dave Brubeck and the Performance of Whiteness, under contract with Oxford University Press, which uses Brubeck’s mid-century performance of whiteness across his professional, private, and political lives as a starting point to understand mid-century whiteness, privilege, and white supremacy more fully.

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