I’m Kerah. Welcome to my blog, a launching pad and expressive space for my personal discovery of the jazz world—and, I hope, for yours as well. I am a native of Little Rock, a classically trained violinist and a graduate of Smith College. My interest in jazz began at an early age and I spent my childhood listening to the likes of Diane Schuur; Harry Connick, Jr.; and Natalie Cole. Interest grew to passion during my junior year in Paris, where I visited some of the city’s legendary jazz venues, including Duc des Lombards, Caveau des Légendes, Sunset/Sunside, Le Defender and the Banlieues Blues Festival. During the summer of 2012 Smith generously awarded me a Blumberg Traveling Fellowship that allowed me to spend four weeks visiting some of Europe’s greatest jazz festivals: the Calvi Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne and the Montreux Jazz Festival. The goal of my project was to examine jazz as a facet of cultural interaction between France and the United States.
This blog is a record of my continuing love affair with the culture of jazz.