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Houston Blues and Women, Past and Present

April 5, 2016 @ 12:00 am - April 19, 2016 @ 11:59 am


Houston Blues and Women, Past and Present

For over a century, the African American music known as the blues formed the root for the flowering of jazz, R&B, country, rock and other musical genres. It is the source of foundational musical structures and sonic flourishes as well as a powerful aesthetic of heartfelt self-expression and improvisation. Almost since the advent of recording, Houston has played a key role in the evolution of blues music. This two-part course, led by author Roger Wood, will provide an overview and analysis of local blues history with special focus on the role of women.

In the first session, Dr. Wood will present an introductory lecture, accompanied by audio and video. In the second session, Dr. Wood will interview guest blues artist Diyunna Greenleaf to be followed by an intimate performance. Participants will gain a deeper appreciation of the blues in relation to Houston social history as well as witness the talents and compelling personalities of some extraordinary homegrown blues women.

Roger Wood is best known for three books on music history published by the University of Texas Press: Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues (2003), Texas Zydeco (2006), and House of Hits: The Story of Houston’s Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios (2010) (co-authored with Andy Bradley). He is also a longtime writer for Living Blues magazine (published by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi), and a contributor to Texas Highways. Dr. Wood recently retired as professor of English at Houston Community College.


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April 5, 2016 @ 12:00 am
April 19, 2016 @ 11:59 am
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