Want to hear what it was like collaborating with Koko Taylor?  What about hanging out with your neighbor, Ella Fitzgerald?  3-time Grammy nominee Barbara Morrison, 4x Grammy winner Keb' Mo' — and others — shared their lifetimes of blues experiences with us through a full schedule of interactive workshops and presentations. 

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Keb' Mo' Q&A

4x Grammy winner Keb' Mo' answers your questions! 

Sat 2pm  


Lenny "Fuzzy Rankins" & Erica Brown Q&A

Sat 11am 

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Barbara Morrison q&A 

3-time Grammy nominated, Barbara Morrison answers your questions!

Sat 3pm 

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What is jazz

Daniel Seeff is a multiple Grammy-nominated musician (Jay-Z, Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar), songwriter (Aloe Blacc) and the West Coast director of the Monk Institute.  Live band will feature Miles Senzaki (Pharcyde, Breakestra) and Michael Birnbryer-Lao (Blaux Bros). 

Sun 2:25pm​ Experience a performance-based educational presentation that is designed to allow music listeners a deeper understanding of jazz. The presentation demonstrates the role of each instrument in a jazz group and the elements of improvisation in jazz along with what differentiates jazz from other styles of music. "What Is Jazz?" is designed to take the mystery out of jazz and give listeners an understanding this great musical art form.

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cultural appropriation chat

Erica Brown and guests

Sun 1pm  

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The POWER and influence OF BLACK MUSIC

Cheyenne Amen 

Sun 3:30pm​ 

Black music in the Americas is the most popular and influential music in the world. By exploring the history of black music and tracing the roots of jazz, blues, reggae, hiphop, salsa, cumbia, etc...through the trans-Atlantic African slave trade we will find the source of power of these music forms. We’ll discover that the rhythms and feel of black music from North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America stems from African spirituality and rituals. The spiritual and ritual roots are the source of this power. We can observe that as the popularity of these music forms has grown, they have been appropriated, institutionalized, and stripped down for the white populations appeal, losing their inherent power, & focus to uplift & empower Black folk."

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Country blues in los angeles

Bernie Pearl

Sat 12:30pm​ L.A.-born Bernie Pearl learned his blues from a dazzling array of country blues greats who played at his bother's historic club, The Ash Grove, through the 1960's: Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bukka White, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis, and more. Bernie talks about his experiences and demonstrates what he learned from the masters.

Single lecture tickets avail at the door for $20