Jazz: The Iconic John Coltrane

JOHN COLTRANE Introduction: John Coltrane  was  an american jazz saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, an iconic figure of 20th-century jazz. He collaborated with a lot of famous musicians and also inspired many. Although he experienced a setback, he soon overcame and continued to be one of the most legendary influences in jazz.  Style of Jazz: Coltrane […]

Blues: The Legendary John Lee Hooker

THE LEGENDARY JOHN LEE HOOKER “It’s never hard to sing the blues. Everyone in the world has the blues……..”    -John Lee Hooker Introduction: John Lee Hooker played both electric and acoustic guitar. He was widely known for his distinctive vocal and instrumental style. He was an American Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.  Background: John […]

The Legendary Eubie Blake

EUBIE BLAKE Eubie Blake was a lover of music and was greatly involved with music at a young age. He became very popular as time went on and even won multiple awards. Early Life Eubie Blake was born at 319 Forrest Street in Baltimore, Maryland on Feb 7, 1883, to John Summer Blake and Emily […]

Jubilee Quartet: The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

THE FIVE BLIND BOYS OF MISSISSIPPI JUBILEE QUARTET BREIF HISTORY: Jubilee quartets typically are an acapella groups that consist of 4-6 members. Usually the members are either bass, baritone, 2nd tenor, or 1st tenor singers. Jubilee quartets originated in the mid-1800s and are a combination of quartet singing in the European tradition and African American singing. The […]

Ring Shout: Let’s Get To Shoutin’

The Ring Shout The ring shout is a form of dance that is characterized by leader-chorus singing, hand clapping, other percussion. Participants typically move in a counterclockwise circle. The ring shout has been practiced for many generations and even today with the McIntosh County Singers and the GeeChee Gullah Ring Shouters. HISTORY OF THE RING […]

Lead Belly- Even Jail Couldn’t Stop Him

Lead Belly Even Jail Couldn’t Stop Him Huddie William Ledbetter, known more widely as Lead Belly, was a folklore and blues legend. Even at a young age, he was involved in music and experienced much adversity on his journey to success. He is known for his  vocals, his mastery of the twelve string guitar, and […]