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Cost: Free and open to the public
Virtual: Click here to register
In-person: Click here to register
On Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM, we are continuing our hybrid Speaker Series with Tennessee native and skilled music educator Kelle Jolly. She will join us at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Zoom to share musical stories and songs from the Appalachian South and explore the connections between music and storytelling.
Kelle Jolly, “The Tennessee Ukulele Lady,” is an accomplished music entertainer and educator. Her repertoire includes traditional African American music of blues, jazz, spirituals, and folk. Jolly is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where she studied Music Education with Concentrations in Voice. She is also the 2011 Mountain Soul Vocal competition winner and the Knoxville Community Shares 2013 Artist of the Year. Jolly hosts Jazz Jam, Knoxville’s only vocal jazz radio show, on WUOT 91.9FM. She is the founder of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival and Ukesphere of Knoxville. Kelle and her saxophonist husband, Will Boyd, have served as ambassadors of jazz from Tennessee to Japan, and they are Knoxville MLK Commission Artist Award recipients. In 2021, the City of Knoxville proclaimed July 21st, “Kelle Jolly and Will Boyd” Day. Jolly is currently a graduate student in the Communication and Storytelling Studies program at East Tennessee State University, pursuing her Master of Arts degree.
The event is FREE, but if you are joining us in person then you must RSVP. Those who wish to join the event online must pre-register to get the Zoom link.
In-person audience members, staff, and volunteers will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours for entry to the program in the museum’s Performance Theater.