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June 20, 2005

Jazz and Blues and Blues and Jazz

Written by
cindy mcleod

Jazz and Blues

The birth of jazz happened around the turn of the last century in New Orleans, and was a natural evolvement of the folk music in the southern States at that time, blended from the African diaspora, the indigenous, and western European cultures that populated the area. Perhaps the greatest influence was the slave population, which contributed to a large degree what we listen to today in both jazz and blues music.

Blues and jazz are married even now, with artists like Maceo Parker making strong statements with their latest recordings. I have a golden opportunity ahead of me to write more about this topic as this coming weekend the Kaos Blues Festival is happening in Calgary on June 25th & 26th.

I am blessed to be the Associate Producer of this music festival, and look forward to meeting some of the greats of the blues world, Magic Slim, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, and Studebaker John among the giants of the US who will visit our fine city for the event, and many of the local/national blues greats such as Donald Ray Johnson, Gaye Delorme, and Amos Garrett, plus many others who will take the stage and share their enormous talents. I hope to interview, photograph, and have many stories to share with you following the festival. In many cases these fine musicians have parallel jazz lives, crossing the genre lines with their musical contributions, and you’ll be able to read about that too.

If you are in Calgary, be sure to come, it’s going to be a very exciting weekend of music, see the website at www.kaosblues.com for all the details. If you are unable to be here, be sure to come back and visit jazzelements.com, I’m sure you’ll find my postings over the next few weeks fascinating as I draw the familial lines between the blues and jazz, and the great artists who paved the way!

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