Jack Kleinsinger Receives Honorary Doctorate

December 29, 2016

jackkleinsingerThis year Jack Kleinsinger, producer of the Jack Kleinsinger’s Highlights In Jazz, New York’s longest running jazz concert series, for the past four and a half decades has received the recognition it has long deserved, with the bestowal to him of an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from the University of North Florida. The institution to which Kleinsinger has donated the series’ archive comprised of audio copies of every highlights concert (allowed by contract for educational purposes), more than 2000 pages of concert reviews and photos too and over 300 video interviews, discussing his memories of each concert (www.digitalcommons.unf.edu).

The honor came upon the recommendation of four time Grammy Award winning drummer Danny Gottlieb, longtime Professor of Jazz Studies at the University in the University’s School of Music in its College of Arts and Science.  Gottlieb recalls, “I had attended a few of the early Highlights concerts with my parents, and when I was 23, I was lucky enough to have been asked by Jack to participate in one of the concerts in 1976 — Tubby the Tuba Meets A Jazz Band, a children’s jazz concert which was based on a composition by Jack Kleinsinger’s uncle George Kleinsinger, and featured Clark Terry.  Jack Kleinsinger and his “Highlights in Jazz” concert series has had a profound impact not only on my life, but on so many other lives as well. There has never been a concert series like it.”

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