Hank Hehmsoth and Dr. Keith Winking have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing project, Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morganstern. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand reminiscences and decades-spanning scholarly research on Kansas City jazz, its big bands, as well as preeminent individual artists and their styles and innovations. Audio and video recordings of the interviews with Morgenstern will be archived at the university library’s Wittliff Collections, will be made available free-of-charge to educators, radio stations, and the public, and will be featured on a dedicated website.
Morgenstern has been our premiere visiting scholar for an annual celebration of the legacy of jazz great and San Marcos native Eddie Durham.
The grant application process received invaluable assistance from Ruthi Caldwell and Lisa Westerbeck of the Center for Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.