Professor, Stand-Up Comedian,
Author, Record Producer
After a couple of years of stand-up comedy, Jerry Zolten left it all to join academia. As an Associate Professor of Communications Arts & Sciences and American Studies at Penn State University, where he teaches, Integrative Arts 100W: "Stand-Up Comedy and Social Change." Jerry Zolten is author of:
"Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds:
Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music," published by Oxford University Press; the story of that famed black
gospel group The Dixie Hummingbirds, best known
for their work on "Loves Me Like a Rock" with Paul Simon.
Jerry Zolten has also produced two records for the legendary Fairfield Four, and their bass singer Isaac Freeman, who appear and perform in the George Clooney movie O Brother Where Art Thou: "Isaac Freeman & the Bluebloods Beautiful Stars," recorded on Lost Highway Records; and "The Fairfield Four Wreckin' the House," recorded on Dead Reckoning Records.
Author and radio host of "In The Spirit," a history of African American gospel music featuring interviews with Horace Boyer, Isaac Freeman of the Fairfield Four, Ira Tucker and Howard Carroll of the Dixie Hummingbirds; Zolten is also co-host with internationally famous cartoonist R. Crumb (creator of Fritz The Cat), on the widely broadcast public radio special production, "Chimpin' The Blues," an offbeat, off-the-cuff, one-hour excursion into the early days of the blues and jazz of the 1920's and 30's. Seasoned with plenty of yuks, anecdotes, trivia and needle drops from early phonograph records comprising the collections of R. Crumb and Jerry Zolten, "Chimpin' The Blues," is a sure pleaser for jazz, blues and gospel enthusiasts. .
You can learn more about Jerry Zolten and his work at: http://www.personal.psu.edu/jjz1.