Dr. Kim Nalley is a history scholar and professor with a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., from UC, Berkeley. She’s a specialist in U.S. history and Late Modern Europe, with an emphasis on cultural, transnational, globalization, civil rights and women’s and Black history. Dr. Nalley completed her dissertation in 2021. Even more impressive, she is an award-winning professional Jazz singer and composer. She’s an educator, writer, producer, recording and touring artist and mother of two. She has a new album out, and last year she wrote a Jazz operetta as a commission piece of work for San Jose Jazz. She honors those before her and lifts up those up and coming.
Here’s a glimpse of the episode:
Dr. Nalley shares the way her multi-dimensional and inspiring career has evolved.
Dr. Nalley’s music inspiration rooted in stories
Importance of honoring those before you and mentoring those coming up behind you
Dealing with disrespect & managing press
Transformative power of books
Not being another statistic
Getting to work with Angela Davis
Creatives help fuel us all
In this week’s episode…
Sarah sits down with Dr. Kim Nalley, a renowned jazz singer and CSU East Bay Professor. The two explore Dr. Nalley’s journey from challenging beginnings to her emergence as a prominent figure in the jazz scene. The discussion delves into Dr. Nalley’s unique fusion of history and music, using song to bridge past and present, solidifying her role as both a Jazz Ambassador and a dedicated advocate.