Many blues songs describe current events and read like newspaper headlines. In the 1930’s, Leola Manning of Knoxville, TN wrote the “Arcade Building Moan” after the downtown Gay Street building caught fire. Songwriter Bessie Smith composed Backwater Blues, which described the life of a flood survivor in the south. Participants will compose original blues songs inspired by the headlines of today. They will perform them with accompaniment. Paper and writing utensils will be needed.

Vocalist Kelle Jolly, “The Tennessee Ukulele Lady”, is one of East Tennessee’s most celebrated jazz musicians. She was the 2013 Community Shares- Artist of Change Award recipient. She and her husband, saxophonist Will Boyd, were the 2015 MLK Art Award recipients in Knoxville. She is the founder of Ukesphere of Knoxville, a ukulele group for all ages. As an ambassador of jazz, she has traveled to Muroran, Japan as Knoxville’s Sister City representative at various jazz festivals and events. Kelle Jolly is the host of Knoxville’s newest radio show on WUOT 91.9FM (, Jazz Jam with Kelle Jolly, an hour-long show that celebrates great singers of jazz. She is also the founder of the Women in Jazz Jam Festival ( Kelle Jolly also designs wearable art for her stage performances and has shown her designs at Knoxville Fashion Week.

  • Life Gives Me The Blues
    February 7, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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