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October 16, 2000

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Karlton Hester
Assistant Professor of Music

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.

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