The Blues Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to the past, present and future of blues music, has completed the annual election of its Board of Directors and its officers, electing nine individuals to lead and assist The Blues Foundation in establishing a permanent home in downtown Memphis. The plan for a permanent home proposes to centralize the Foundation’s educational, audio-visual and retail opportunities, in addition to housing its staff and operations. The new board members …
Cool, jazzy footage of Ella doing the Cream’s classic via SqueezeMyLemon. Somehow, she makes it sound more urgent.
A great video clip yanked by the Blues Historian from one of the Harlem Hollywood films — this is frequently a Blues UÂ® selection, since it is an artifact of an era in which blues and blues-related artists were portrayed with a sophistication that often isn’t even the case today. These films included the immensely popular artists of the day like Louis Jordan, boogie pianist Albert Ammons, and his contemporary featured in this video, Maurice Rocco.
Overview of Jump blues from Squeeze My Lemon
Singer Jesse Fortune, best known for his song, “Too Many Cooks”, (later successfully covered by Robert Cray), died literally onstage — somehow a fitting end for a great stage performer, but nonetheless sad news.
A couple of tasty slices of pure soul from soul sides: