AJ Kluth, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Music
College of Arts and Sciences

AJ Kluth is a writer, saxophonist, and improviser whose research focuses on American musical experimentalisms (avant-garde/experimentalism, jazz studies, critical improvisation studies), music of the African Diaspora, continental aesthetics, and contemporary theories of interpretation (philosophical hermeneutics). His publications appear in the Journal of Jazz Studies (forthcoming), The International Journal of New Media, Technology, and the ArtsDownBeat Magazine, and Ethnomusicology Review’s “Sounding Board,” in addition to a book comprising a collection of transcribed solos by saxophonist Chris Potter.

Outside of his academic work, Kluth is an accomplished saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. He has released two albums with OA2 Records and worked across musical genres in the Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles markets and has contributed to jazz education as a teaching artist for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz’s “Jazz in the Classroom” outreach program.

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

MUHI 310 Music Cultures of the World
MUHI 434 Viennese Classicism
SAGES

Education

PhD
Ethnomusicology
UCLA
2018

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