Poetry of the Blues and Trip Through New Orleans with John Sinclair

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Poetry of the Blues and Trip Through New Orleans with John Sinclair

Poet, journalist and radio personality John Sinclair takes you on a journey into the blues, and the music of New Orleans.

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It has been 15 years since poet, journalist and radio personality John Sinclair has taken the stage at Traditions Weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity to see, hear and study with this activist-scholar for whom John Lennon wrote and recorded “Free John Sinclair.” This class will include investigation into blues form and where it comes from, the African American oral tradition, “writing” the blues, decoding blues lyrics, their origins in rural and urban life, how the lyrics work with the music, performance styles and their effect on the texts, and the works of the great blues composers and interpreters, with special attention to the recordings of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson) and Little Walter. In considering New Orleans there will be special emphasis on the music of Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Champion Jack Dupree, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, the Mardi Gras Indians, the contemporary brass bands, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, WWOZ Radio, the renaissance of New Orleans music in the 1990s and what’s happening today.

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Week 1

6/28/21
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7/2/21
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Week 3

7/12/21
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7/16/21
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