Brian Felix

Associate Professor and Chair

Contact Information

  • bfelix@unca.edu
  • 828-250-2311
  • 216 Lipinsky Hall

 

Bio

Brian Felix holds a B.A. in Music from Rutgers College, a M.M. in Jazz Performance from DePaul University and a D.M.A. in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Felix’s research interests include jazz and improvised musics, the Grateful Dead and the Beatles. His work has been published in Jazz Perspectives and he is the co-author (with Peter Carney) of Interactive Listening: A New Approach to Music. Felix is also a professional keyboardist—he was co-leader of OM Trio, an acclaimed jazz-rock group that toured internationally between 1999-2004. He teaches classes on jazz theory and improvisation, jazz history, keyboard skills, music business, the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.

Education

  • B.A., Rutgers University
  • M.M., DePaul University
  • D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Courses Taught

  • MUSC 129 - Jazz Ensemble
  • MUSC 178 - Creative Listening
  • MUSC 293 - Harmony and Improvisation I
  • MUSC 294 - Harmony and Improvisation II
  • MUSC 295 – Jazz and Contemporary Theory & Practice I
  • MUSC 296 – Jazz and Contemporary Theory & Practice II
  • MUSC 345 - Defining the Beatles: Music, Image and Influence
  • MUSC 346 - The Grateful Dead: Music, Counterculture and Society
  • MUS 357 - Jazz History
  • MUSC 382 - Music Business and Industry I
  • MUSC 383 - Music Business and Industry II

Ensembles Directed

  • UNCA Jazz Quintet
  • Rhythm & Blues Ensemble
  • Funk/Fusion Ensemble
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim Ensemble
  • Miles Davis Ensemble
  • Beatles Ensemble
  • Herbie Hancock Ensemble
  • Standards Ensemble
  • Duke Ellington Ensemble
  • Frank Zappa Ensemble
  • Steely Dan Ensemble
  • Cole Porter Ensemble
  • Nina Simone Ensemble

Publications

“Wes Montgomery’s A Day in the Life: The Anatomy of a Jazz-Pop Crossover Album” in Jazz Perspectives, Sept 2015

Interactive Listening: A New Approach to Music (with Peter Carney), now in its 5th edition (2015)

Presentations

  • “Chasing Banjo Joe: Jug Band Music and the Early Grateful Dead” to be presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2017
  • “The Beatles in 3: A Guided Listening Session” lecture at UNC Asheville, October 25, 2016
  • “You Can Never Tell: Understanding Grateful Dead Musical Eras Through the Keyboardists” at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2016
  • “The Development of ‘Playing in the Band’ as an Improvisational Vehicle, 1971-1972” at the So Many Roads: The World in the Grateful Dead Conference in San Jose, CA, November, 6, 2014
  • Interactive Listening presentation and teacher training for Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL
  • “Raising the Dead: A Guided Listening Session” panel presentation at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, NM, February 2014
  • “From Blues to Weirdness: The Evolving Roles of the Grateful Dead Keyboardists, 1965-70” - Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2014
  • Interactive Listening presentation at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago, IL, December 2013
  • “Wes Montgomery in the mid-1960s: The Creation of a Jazz-Pop Crossover Paradigm” at the Society for American Music Conference, Little Rock, AR, March, 7, 2013
  • “Hornsby/Hunter: Exploring the Boundaries of Popular Song in ‘Might as Well Be Me’” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2013

Personal Website

www.brianfelix.com