As part of its Jazz Master Series 2007-2008, the UT Department of Music will welcome award-winning jazz author and historian Ashley Kahn to the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall on Main Campus, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 6 and 7.
Kahn will present two lectures, one each day, and UT jazz faculty will perform Wednesday.
Kahn will present a lecture on his book, Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece, Tuesday at 4 p.m. The free, public lecture will be followed by a book signing in the lobby.
On Wednesday at 3 p.m., Kahn will give another free, public lecture and discuss his book, A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album.
At 8 p.m., Wednesday, the UT jazz faculty will perform the music from “A Love Supreme” in a special concert featuring jazz legend Jon Hendricks, as well as Gunnar Mossblad (saxophone), Jay Weik (guitar), Tim Whalen (piano), Norm Damschroder (bass) and Jonathan Ovalle (drums). Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door.
Kahn is a music journalist and radio producer whose voice is often heard on National Public Radio's “Morning Edition,” and whose writing yields books, feature articles, liner notes and a number of awards, including two ASCAP/Deems Taylors and a Grammy nomination. He also has authored The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records and directed and produced the documentary “Made in Heaven: The Story of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.” He also teaches music history and criticism at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
During a 30-year career in the music business, Kahn has served as a music editor at VH1, the primary editor of Rolling Stone: The Seventies, a disc jockey on a variety of radio stations, and a ten-year stint as a tour manager, globe-hopping with a multitude of musicians, including Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Debbie Harry & the Jazz Passengers, and Britney Spears. He also has been a concert producer for events in New York City, New Orleans, and Cape Town, South Africa.
Kahn contributes full-length features to such publications as The Wall Street Journal, JazzTimes and MOJO, as well as essays for a number of music and video releases.
The Jazz Master Series is made possible by financial support from the Loraine and Melinese Reuter Foundation and The University of Toledo Department of Music.
For more information, call the UT Music Department at 419.530.2448.