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Director of Jazz Studies

Associate Professor of Saxophone


  • D.M.A., University of Georgia
  • M.M., University of Georgia
  • B.A., Arkansas Tech University

Teaching Specialties

  • Jazz
  • Saxophone
  • Digital Music and Design
  • Instrumental Music

Research Interests

  • Improvised Musics
  • Saxophone
  • Digital Music and Design
  • MIDI Wind Drivers


Kenneth D Carroll presently serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Arkansas State University.  He joined the faculty in 2002.  He earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Georgia where he studied saxophone with Kenneth M Fischer and jazz with Roger Dancz.  He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University where he studied with Gene Witherspoon, Richard Fletcher, and Hal Cooper.

An active proponent and scholar of America’s music:  Jazz, Kenneth has performed and recorded with many of the major figures of the art.  Recent recordings include Ellis Marsalis, Lou Marini, Tom Malone, Jiggs Wigham, the Birmingham SuperBand, and many others.  Kenneth’s society group “Top Shelf” works consistently throughout the area, and “Jazz Writer’s Big Band” features new music written for the popular ensemble.

The Jazz Studies program at Arkansas State is an obvious source of pride for the institution and community.  Arkansas State is proud to be the only source for jazz instruction leading to degree; including the BA in Jazz and the MM in Jazz Performance.  Including five jazz artists leading two traditional big bands, several artist small ensembles, and a vocal jazz ensemble coming in 2020.  The A-State Jazz Orchestra has been featured at the Clinton Presidential Library and prestigious jazz festivals.  Recognized for outstanding soloists, graduates hold respected chairs in professional jazz groups, graduate assistantships in prestigious educational centers, and directing jazz in secondary schools around the nation.  Each season, numerous jazz arrangers create new music for A-State Jazz; including Chris Clark, Tom O’Connor, Michael Medrick, Chris Ott, Alex Hahn and Joseph Curtis.

Kenneth’s current research focus is sound production and improvisation.  An active digital arts producer, he works exclusively with Reason software and plug-ins.  For the past 8 years, Kenneth performs exclusively on the Akai EWI family of midi wind drivers, utilizing a host of computers, loopers, effects and voices designed by Matt Traum.  In 2020, Kenneth began playing the Xpresso designed by Ingo Scherzinger from Israel.  Immersed in the past and living the future, Kenneth’s musical interests span the bulk of recorded music with a primary focus on improvised creativity.

Kenneth Carroll

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3763
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 249