Appreciating Blues Based Jazz

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Date/Time
Thursday, Apr 19, 2018, 7:30 pm

Location
Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Blues as a musical form played a key role in the creation of jazz and continues to be an important influence on jazz music. In this program jazz enthusiast Bill Hughes, assisted by guitarist Eric Clemenzi, will share his appreciation of blues based jazz. He will discuss how blues contributed to the origin of jazz, and he will present a series of recordings of jazz performances that illustrate the progress of blues based jazz as it has changed over time. Eric Clemenzi will assist with guitar solos illustrating basic blues chords, a blues melody containing “blue notes” and a bass part derived from the chords. He will also play the recordings. Bill Hughes has been an amateur student of jazz for more than 70 years–listening seriously, collecting and playing recordings, reading about jazz and attending many performances of top jazz musicians. He is an occasional amateur blues shouter, having performed with Eric Clemenzi and others at local Byfield events and family jam sessions. He also dabbles with blues songwriting on his synthesizer. Eric Clemenzi has been teaching and performing guitar music for 30 years. His students include small children, accomplished adult guitarists and senior citizens (including Bill Hughes, whom he has mentored on synthesizer operation and composition.) A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he is conversant with many types of music, especially classical, jazz and rock. On weekends he performs with the Dark Desert Eagles in locations throughout the United States.

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