Music Historian and Columbia University Professor Kevin Fellezs Discusses the Forgotten Early Years of Jazz Fusion Feb. 7 


January 28, 2013

Contact: Sara R. Leonard

Concert and Production Manager


AMHERST, Mass. – Music historian and cultural theorist Kevin Fellezs will offer a talk titled “Vital Transformations: Fusion’s Young Discontents” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center (Buckley Recital Hall) at Amherst College. Professor Fellezs’ talk will explore the forgotten early years of famed jazz trumpeter Miles Davis’ pioneering jazz-rock fusion period of the 1960s and 1970s.  The talk is free and open to the public.            

Kevin Fellezs is an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University, where he shares a joint appointment in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. His work is primarily concerned with the relationship between music and identity. His book titled Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion (Duke University Press) is a study of fusion (jazz-rock-funk) music of the 1970s framed by insights drawn from ethnic studies, jazz studies, and popular music studies. He has also published articles on African American musicians in heavy metal and enka (Japanese popular music genre) and Asian Americanjazz musicians.

Professor Fellezs’ talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Lamont Lectureship Fund, and Jazz@Amherst.