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The Soul of Rhythm & Blues

Bear Williams takes students on a deep dive into Delta Blues and Gospel as it relates to the influences and creative output of the great studio recording bands and artists of the golden era of rhythm and blues. Examples: Chess Records House Recording Band (Chicago),The Wrecking Crew (Los Angeles), The Funk Brothers (Motown), Booker T. & The M.G.’s (Stax), The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section aka “The Swampers”, The Philadelphia International Records house band “MFSB”, which stands for "Mother Father Sister Brother" The Hi Records Rhythm Section (Memphis) and more!

Objective: Students will gain a working knowledge of the many contributions both African-Americans and their White counterparts have made to the fabric of the rich tapestry that is Rhythm and Blues.

All Instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to register for this class.

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