Thank you so much for joining part 2 of my conversation with Jazz and Blues Queen, Pamela Rose! We talk about the history of women in the blues and how music shifted when women rose up (and out) and came to the microphone to sing their stories.

Episode transcript:  Coming soon!

Liner Notes graphic

:16    Why don’t we know who songwriters are? The move away from sheet music

2:21   The culture of white appropriation of black music

5:13   Pamela’s Blues is a Woman show, an ensemble celebration of black womens’ story

Preview video of Blues is a Woman.

Blues is a Woman all woman ensemble on stageThe Blues is a Woman ensemble (left to right):  Ruth Davies, bass, Pamela Rose, author & vocalist, Pat Wilder, guitar & vocals, Kristen Strom, saxophone & vocals

6:42   Blues musicians stereotype:  a man and his guitar

7:50   Bringing the women blues singers to the stage; demand for the blues went crazy

Book cover, Legacies & Black Feminism Book Cover

For further reading:  a comprehensive history by Angela Davis:  Legacies and Black Feminism

10:56   Blues is about freedom and a path out for women

12:55   Post 1915:  redefining cultural notions of what women are

13:41   Pamela performing an original she wrote called “Liberator.”

18:12   On teaching her vocal students:  people long to be heard

20:34   Singing is massage from the inside

~~~ What do you connect to that truly sparks your joy? ~~~

Pamela teaches vocal classes at the California Jazz Conservatory. Pamela’s next virtual concert is March 28, 2021!

Get your tickets! March 28, 2021 via the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, starting at 4:15 p.m. US-Pacific time.

Did you miss part 1 of the interview with Pamela? Check it out here!

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