Dr. Charles Kinzer joined the music faculty at Longwood in 1992. In addition to teaching music history, applied clarinet, and applied saxophone, he directs the university's jazz ensembles. Dr. Kinzer holds degrees in performance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Louisiana State University. His research specialties include New Orleans jazz and early brass band music. As a saxophonist, he has appeared with the Four Tops, Barbara Mandrell, and Pete Fountain, and he has recorded with the celebrated country & western musician Roy Clark. Kinzer has performed since 1994 with his regular group, the Southside Jazz Quartet. He and the other members of the quartet recently recorded a CD with vocalist Lanaux Hailey. Kinzer is also active as a classical performer. In November 2003, he and his wife, pianist Lisa Kinzer, presented the world premiere performance of Gordon Ring's Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano.
As a musicologist, Dr. Kinzer has published research articles in the Journal of Band Research, American Music, The Black Music Research Journal, Second Line, and the Saxophone Symposium. He has presented papers at meetings of the Louisiana Historical Society, the Sonneck Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society. Recent projects include the publication of an article, "Just a Little While to Stay Here: Louis Armstrong and the Brass Bands of New Orleans," in the American Music Research Center Journal (Vol. 12, 2002), and the presentation of a lecture/demonstration entitled "Taming the Savage Beast: Top Ten Tips for a Civilized Saxophone Section" at the annual conference of the Virginia Music Educator's Association in November 2004.
Dr. Kinzer plays Selmer saxophones - equipment details here.
C Kinzer current Vita
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With the Southside Jazz Quartet (photo by Joe Kocevar)