“You Can’t Tell It Like I Can: Mary Lou Williams and the Re-Visioning of Jazz’s History”

The Department of Music will host a talk by Tammy L. Kernodle, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Music at Miami University, Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. Kernodle will present “You Can’t Tell It Like I Can: Mary Lou Williams and the Re-Visioning of Jazz’s History.”

About the speaker

Kernodle specializes in African American music (concert and popular) and gender studies in music. Her scholarship explores the intersection of the politics that surround gender and racial identity, performance practice and genre. Her work has appeared in major peer-reviewed journals, including American Studies, Musical Quarterly, Black Music Research Journal, The Journal of the Society of American Music, American Music Research Journal, The U.S Catholic Historian, and the Journal of the American Musicological Society

Kernodle also was a contributor to “The African American Lectionary Project,” the “Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap” and the Carnegie Hall Digital Timeline of African American Music. Her scholarship also appears in numerous anthologies and reference works, including Women’s Voices Across Musical Worlds, John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom: Spirituality and the Music, and The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music Since 1900

Kernodle served as the scholar-in-residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City from 1999 to 2001. She 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, Canadian Public Radio, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and BBC. 

Kernodle is a scholarly consultant with New World Symphony’s Harlem Renaissance initiative, which seeks to elevate the music and voices of Black artisans. In 2021, she was promoted to the rank of University Distinguished Professor. She is the past president of the Society for American Music.