Ellariz Lucas Thompson: Detroit female jazz artist

Sorry if I am a bit biased when it comes to local music territory, but I couldn’t let the month go by without acknowledging a Detroit based female musician, one who exuded musical excellence and helped pave the way for the genre. I first learned of Ellariz Lucas Thompson while working with the Detroit Sound Conservancy on a… Read More Ellariz Lucas Thompson: Detroit female jazz artist

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down: Classic Blues Singers of the 1920s

Gee, but it’s hard to love someone When that someone don’t love you I’m so disgusted, heartbroken, too I’ve got those downhearted blues… 1[] Classic blues singer Bessie Smith recorded the above lyrics from the song “Downhearted Blues” on February 16, 1923. The song was her first single and it sold 780,000 records in the first… Read More You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down: Classic Blues Singers of the 1920s

BHM Series 2014: Exploring the Roots of the Blues

How would you define the blues? Scholars, activists, musicians, and countless other people have injected their own description of this historical folk genre into the fabric of our culture ever since African Americans began echoing the moans, hollers, foot stomping and rhythmic timbres that would eventually form the blues. Writer and author of the famous… Read More BHM Series 2014: Exploring the Roots of the Blues