Jazz & Blues @ Your Library – Uncle Jessie White
December 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Meeting Room
Series: Jazz & Blues
A documentary twenty years in the making, the film is a respectful tribute to the legendary Bluesman who had a profound impact on generations of Detroit area musicians. Uncle Jessie White, who died in 2008, is featured performing his brand of Delta Blues and talking about his fascinating life and influences.
Born on a Mississippi sharecropper’s farm in 1920, Uncle Jessie began playing the Blues at an early age. He came to Detroit in 1950 and his home on 29th Street became a mecca for local musicians, with him hosting Blues jam sessions, often all night long. Later he continued jamming and mentoring at the Soup Kitchen bar, near downtown and then at the famous Hamtramck Blues venue, the Attic Bar.
As a bonus, the evening includes a live down-home Blues concert by Jeff Grand and the Grand Masters. Featuring one of Detroit’s best Blues guitarists, Jeff Grand, with the multi-talented Martin “Tino” Gross and Chris Rumel, all of whom had vast experience playing in Uncle Jessie’s 29th Street Band.
$5.00 general admission or $3.00 admission for Friends of the Southfield Public Library members. No charge for children under 12. Jazz & Blues is sponsored by the Friends of the Southfield Public Library and the Detroit Blues Society.