april, 2018

20apr7:00 pm“Hand Picked: Earl Klugh’s Blend of Country and Jazz"A Lecture and presentation by Kevin Fellezs

Event Details

A Lecture and Presentation by

Kevin Fellezs

Assistant Professor of Music, IRAAS/Ethnomusicology

Guitarist Earl Klugh has been a successful jazz guitarist for over four decades yet he regards himself a pop artist. Why would he defer any but the loosest affiliation with a music genre that signifies musical sophistication? In attempting to answer this question, I investigate Klugh’s well-known acknowledgement of the influence of two guitarists who continue to shape his music—Chet Atkins and George Benson. These two musicians provide some clues into Klugh’s musical orientation. Atkins, known as “the country gentleman,” and Benson, the crossover jazz artist, represent the wide range Klugh hopes to occupy as a “pop musician.” Illuminating this triangular relationship, I will demonstrate the ways in which Klugh sounds out the possibilities for reaching across difference, challenging shop-worn musical verities along the way while indicating the potential aesthetic and social value critics of “smooth jazz” have long ignored.


Friday, April 20, 2018, 7pm

Manhattanville Campus

Prentis Hall, rm 101

632 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

This event is free and open to the Public but a rsvp is required.

Please email columbiajazzstudies@gmail.com to secure your seat.



(Friday) 7:00 pm


Prentis Hall, room 101