Kyle Andrews ’13, instructor of music at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will present “Jazz is Dead: Long Live BAM” as part of the spring Faculty Lecture Series on Monday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts (PAC). The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture will be a discussion about the word “jazz” and its reception among jazz musicians throughout the past century. Andrews will play a portion of an important 1958-film titled The Cry of Jazz and discuss the BAM movement led by trumpet player Nicholas Payton.
“This lecture is important for anyone who listens to American music,” Andrews said. “Though jazz music is the focus of this discussion, these themes cut through virtually every moment of American musical history. Name a style or genre of music has a lot of repercussions, and many of them are not always obvious. This discussion will focus on jazz, but it is a conversation that is readily applicable to any genre/style/era of American music.”
Jazz musician, drummer and educator Andrews began playing in his hometown of Shepherdstown, WV and has since performed in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York City, and the greater North-Central West Virginia area. He holds a bachelor of music education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master of music in jazz studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator in and around the state of West Virginia, and his articles and reviews have been published in Modern Drummer Magazine. With interests and pursuits in both performance and scholarship, Andrews hopes to help students to not only perform at their highest possible level but also to think critically about their relationship with music and the world around them.
Join the Wesleyan community for additional lectures this semester on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Additional lectures will be given on March 12 by Jessica Scott, assistant professor of gender studies, and on April 9 by Dr. Joanna Webb, assistant professor of chemistry. For more information on additional cultural events at Wesleyan, please visit www.wvwc.edu.