Jesse Robinson 2014 Blues Residency at MSU

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jesse Robinson visited MSU during the week of October 20-24 and presented a number of performances and workshops.  Jesse Robinson and the Hip Waders band were the musical entertainment for the nightly banquets at the Remembering Freedom Summer Conference sponsored by the African American Studies Program at MSU.  The Hip Waders band included Doug Thomas (saxophone), Jim Beaty (bass), Bob Damm (drums), and Adib sabir (percussion).  Mr. Robinson’s educational programs included visits to university music classes (African American Music and Planning and Managing Learning in Music Education).  Students in these classes learned about the history of blues music and also composed and sang their own blues compositions.  Under the auspices of the Music education Partnerships, Mr. Robinson also presented a guitar workshop for students at the Mississippi School for Math and Science in Columbus. Mr. Robinson led the students in playing blues chord progressions and also introduced the students to playing lead guitar in the blues style.  Jesse’s local performances also included the Midweek Mojo at Anthony’s Good food Market in West Point and the “Hot Jazz and Cool Blues” concert in Columbus sponsored by the Columbus Arts Council.   Jesse Robinson’s residency was sponsored by the MSU Music Department and the Holland Music for All Foundation. According to The Blues National Educational Outreach campaign in support of the BLUES CLASSROOM,“The blues is one of America's greatest musical treasures. A roots music form that evolved out of African-American work songs, field hollers, spirituals, and country string ballads more than a century ago, the blues is the foundation of virtually every major American music form born in the 20th century, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and hip hop. As profound as the blues has been to the national music experience, it has only occasionally entered the American classroom, mostly through individual teachers who were committed blues fans and who created their own methods to integrate the music into curricula.”

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