Course Detail: O_BLUES - Singing the Blues

This repeat course traces the history of "blues" through female singers, primarily African-American, who for the most part started in the 1920s taking the blues tradition away from men who had sung them since the Civil War. You will meet "Ma" Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and E. G. Kight, to name a few. "Torch singers" will include Lena Horne, Julie London, and Sarah Vaughn. You will also meet obscure singers whom time has for the most part forgotten. Each session will feature videos, CDs, live piano music, and singing. Suggested book: Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s, Daphne Duval Harrison, ISBN 9780813512808 (available used online).

Course Pre-requisites
(required) OLLI Annual Membership

 Session Detail:  OPFA17BLUES (7 seats (23%) remaining)
Schedule: Every week on Wednesday, starting on 09/13/17 and ending on 11/01/17
Times: 12:45pm - 02:45pm
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Price: OLLI Course : $50.00

Name Additional Resources
Terry Foster
Terry Foster
Biography: Having studied piano since age 5 and played in dance and rock bands, Terry Foster brings a wealth of musical knowledge. He has accompanied blues singers and loves this genre of pop music. An experienced teacher, he has a doctorate in education and is co-founder of Senior College, OLLI's predecessor. No image available

Facility Detail
Wishcamper Center, Room 102
44 Bedford St.
Portland, ME 04101