(New York, NY) – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Virtual “Rooted in The Blues” Festival will feature blues, jazz, and gospel musicians including Shemekia Copeland, Jerron Paxton, and Damien Sneed honoring the blues — the foundation of American music — live from Dizzy’s Club.
From January 14-28, these virtual live performances at Dizzy’s Club and A Closer Listen online discussions will offer a soulful investigation of the form, feeling, and function of the blues and its integral role in jazz.
More information and tickets to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Virtual “Rooted in The Blues” Festival events are available here.
Live From Dizzy’s Concerts: • Shemekia Copeland: Uncivil War Debut Concert Thurs, Jan 14 – 7:30pm EST The debut live performance of songs from this three-time Grammy nominee and multi-Blues Music Award winner’s new album, Uncivil War. • Blues and Black Folk Music with Jerron Paxton Thurs, Jan 21 – 7:30pm EST Jerron Paxton transforms traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now. His influences include Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. • Damien Sneed & Friends: An Evening of Blues and Gospel Thurs, Jan 28 – 7:30pm EST Pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres and who’s worked with jazz, classical, gospel, pop, and R&B legends. Tonight’s program explores the intersections between blues and gospel. Education Events: • A Closer Listen: What Is a 12-Bar Blues? Tues, Jan 12 – 12:00pm EST • A Closer Listen: The 12-Bar Blues in Jazz Thurs, Jan 14 – 12:00pm EST
The Swing University course, “Bessie Smith and Blues Queens of the 1920s,” taught by Camille Thurman, will take place March 8, 11, and 18. Registration is open here. (photo here by Suzanne Foschino)