October 16, 2000
A composer and musician (flute and saxophone), Hester's expertise includes
composition; jazz theory, history, and performance; flute; and saxophone. His latest
CD, Harmonious Soul Scenes 2000, was just released in October. Among his other
recordings are Hesterian Liberation (1998) and Reconstructive Musicism
(1998). He is the author of Afrocentric Innovations Some Call 'Jazz' Vols.
I and II (1998), and The Melodious and Polyrhythmic Developments in John Coltrane's
Spontaneous Compositions Within a Racist Society (1997). He has received
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Council of the Arts,
and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, among others. He comes to UCSC from Cornell
University, where he was the Herbert Gussman Director of Jazz Studies. He received
his Ph.D. in composition from the City University of New York Graduate Center, an
M.M. in music education from San Francisco State University, and a B.M. in flute
from University of Texas at El Paso.