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BB King

BB King Documentary on PBS Shows Human Side of the King >>

Thirteen's American Masters series focuses on recently deceased blues legend B. B. King in their new 1 hour documentary airing on PBS Feburary. Their program is a part of the celebration of black history month and the man born Riley B. King is a perfect subject. The son of a sharecropper in Mississippi, King was born into a world with little money and rampant racism and segregation. B.B. King: The Life of Riley takes us into the world of B.B. KIng so we may get a measure of the man who, though he started out in meager surroundings was not a meager man.

BB King

New B. B. King Documentary for PBS >>

Thirteen Films, producers of the American Masters series, presents a new documentary coming February 12 at 9 PM (check your local listings) to PBS to celebrate black history month - B.B. King: The Life of Riley. The documentary will feature a treasure trove of whose who in the music, brought together to pay tribute to the iconic King. Bono, Eric Clapton, Aaron Neville,John Mayer, Bonnie and Ringo share their own perspective on King and what he meant to them and their careers

EXCLUSIVE Grammy-Winning Violin and Composer Mark O'Connor Talks 'O'Connor Method,' American Music and His Summer Camp

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Mark O'Connor >>

Mark O'Connor has allotted himself the time and patience to craft an entire new perspective on American string education. A Grammy-winning composer and violin virtuoso, his ability to revolutionize an entire genre of performance teaching is unfettered. And he brings his methods to New York City for a summer camp program devoted specifically devoted to his teachings this summer.

Al Basile

BLOGARRHEA: Blues Bonanza with Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Al Basile and Bad News Barnes >>

The bounty of new blues CDs is making me crazy. If you feel this music...if you support it live by going to a bar to hear it being played...if you dance to it...if you romance to it...even if you just stand against the wall with a Singapore Sling in your hand and nod your head appreciatively, the artists mentioned this week in Blogarrhea will titillate, tantalize and hit your sweet spot every time.

Skip James

1032K in Lincoln Center-Commissioned Work 'Hard Time Killing Floor Suite': Skip James Tribute >>

The three-person jazz ensemble 1032K presents a Lincoln Center-commissioned work “Hard Time Killing Floor Suite,” which explores the legacy of Delta blues icon Skip James.

Mamie Smith

Blues Legend Mamie Smith Gets Headstone on Unmarked Grave >>

Groundbreaking blues singer Mamie Smith has finally been given a headstone thanks to a writer and fan’s fundraising campaign. Michael Cala started the campaign while doing research for a book on Smith, the first black vocalist to record a blues song. Through his research, he realized that Smith had been lying in an unmarked grave in a cemetery in Staten Island, New York. "This is our way of acknowledging how one woman threw open the doors," Cala said, adding, "Thousands upon thousands of blues and jazz recordings ... may never have been made without Mamie." The fundraiser was so successful that he bought a $2,800 stone and donated $3,000 to the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park cemetery, which had been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, for maintenance of other gravestones.

Chicago Blues Festival Features Aaron Neville, Otis Taylor Band, Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette and Many Others, June 13-15

Chicago Blues Festival Will Feature Aaron Neville, Otis Taylor Band, Billy Boy Arnold, Bettye LaVette and Many Others >>

Chicago will once again become the blues capital of the world during the Chicago Blues Festival, held this year on June 13-15 in Grant Park.

Blues Clues: Mississippi Teacher Chevonne Dixon Uses the Delta Sound for Reading, Writing and Arithmetic >>

Fourth graders at Tunica Elementary in Mississippi are being taught the blues to learn about rhyme and rhythm, essentials for exploring young creative minds.

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