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OLLI “Blues 101” with Fruteland Jackson

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ClassGraphic Let’s celebrate Black History Month with the heart, soul, and legacy of America’s greatest music!
Black history is extremely important to American history, culture, and music. OLLI Blues 101 will be presented by Chicagoan Fruteland Jackson, an award-winning blues musician and acoustical guitarist. He will present the origination, history, and development of the Blues. We will return to the plantation, where field hollers and work songs were used to coordinate slave labor working the land and where religious songs were sung to cry out for mercy, freedom, and deliverance. Fruteland will discuss major figures like W. C. Handy, Father of the Blues. He will share how the Blues traveled out of the South into the Mississippi Delta, East Texas Coast and Piedmont Region, and how The Great Migration spawned legendary artists who transformed the Blues from country music into an intensive urban city rhythm. We’ll learn how the Blues evolved into jazz, soul, rock and roll, rap, hip-hop, and alternative music. Finally, Fruteland will take your questions and your observations about what the Blues has meant to you. Don’t miss this fantastic event. Blues 101 is a life-affirming program that speaks to the conditions of the heart and will stir your soul!

Fruteland Jackson is an author, storyteller, and oral historian. He is a five-time Blues Music Award Nominee and recipient of the Blues Foundation's “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. For nearly 30 years, he has presented the award-winning All About the Blues Series–Blues in the School Program and works to bring more music education to our schools. His program motto is "Try, Trust, and Triumph.”

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Fri

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Gene Gunsberg2.Lisa D'Angelo 

CEUs : 150



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
2/4/2022 - 2/4/2022 Weekly - Fri 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Lisa D'Angelo  ; Gene Gunsberg 
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