Missy Kyzer is a 24 year old aspiring vocalist & music historian/musicologist hailing from Southern California. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music & Culture from University of California, Riverside where she completed an undergraduate senior thesis that examined the history of early jazz in four distinct regions of Southern California. She is currently attending Northwestern University to pursue a master’s degree in musicology.
Missy’s main area of interest and study is early jazz history (from its origins to early bebop) with a particular focus on jazz in Chicago during the 1920s and early 1930s and early jazz in Southern California. Aside from jazz, her other areas of study include folk music traditions and popular music styles in America and abroad, musical accompaniment for silent films, and art music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She has been published twice in the 78rpm Collector’s Community’s bi-monthly magazine The Discographer and has been a recurring guest host on the Pop Unmuted podcast.
As a vocalist of jazz, classical, and popular music, Missy has extensive experience in both choral and solo performance. She has been involved in various choirs throughout her school career, including holding a year-long position as the alto section leader for a community college choir. She has performed as a soloist at numerous choral concerts and student showcases, as well as for elderly residents at senior homes.
Her blog, The Melodic Word, is home to critical listening and to thoughts and observations about all aspects of music and music history, and includes music reviews, analyses, essays, playlists, and the like.
Also check out Missy’s specialized Tumblr-hosted web sites:
- For jazz & blues history: Classic Blue Notes
- For jazz musician Frank Teschemacher: Teschology
- For silent film actress Mildred Davis: Mildred Davis: Lloyd’s Leading Lady