CHICAGO, IL (SPRING, 2020) – Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp Day is designed to be fun-filled day of Blues immersion through the lens of ensemble  instruction and performance. Participants will learn and perform America’s “root” music in a structured program with like minded others under the tutelage of qualified and internationally traveled instructors. Placement is for intermediate and advanced level vocalists and instrumentalist (all instruments welcome). For details and updates visit BluesKids.com/Chicago. Blues Kids Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Thanks for making us your charity of choice.

Internationally known Bluesman Fernando Jones founded Blues Camp, an international program, and established it Monday, July 5, 2010 on the campus of Columbia College Chicago. Jones said, "It has been a dream since childhood to have a centrally located place where children could come and play the Blues in a user friendly, nurturing environment on a college or performing arts campus."

The Blues Kids Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We were established to preserve, perform and promote the Blues among America's youth, parents and educators under the tutelage of highly qualified instructors. Our focus is on education, literacy, social emotional learning and music as a second language.

Columbia College Chicago

32-1628 The Chicago Blues Scene: From the Past to Preservation

Fernando Jones, Instructor

3 Credit Hours
Course surveys the past, present, and future of the Blues and the impact Chicago, as the Blues Capital, has had on the world culturally, sociologically, and economically. This course will give students the opportunity to study the living tradition of the Blues through readings, videos, live performances, and the music itself. The class will feature workshop sessions where students perform some of the compositions they’ve encountered.

 

Columbia College Chicago

32-1881 Blues Ensemble: Styles

Fernando Jones, Instructor

1 Credit Hour
Repeatable
Requirements: Audition Required and Permission by ensemble director

This course teaches entry-level music students to play the Blues as an ensemble in a professional setting. Course will examine sociological and historical aspects of the Blues and its current and future role in society. Chicago’s unique position as a world Blues capital will be featured through visits to local Blues clubs and jam sessions. Enrollment in this ensemble requires concurrent registration in private lessons.

Columbia College Chicago 

32-2885 Blues Ensemble: Performance

Fernando Jones, Instructor

1 Credit Hour
Intermediate level course is an ensemble for the smaller to medium sized Blues band. The repertoire for the course is drawn from the straight-forward to more challenging arrangements of traditional and contemporary Blues material. Course addresses the application of musicianship skills as they apply to ensemble awareness and effective rehearsal and performance techniques. Course engages the Blues as both an historical and a living entity through the application of historical background of and interaction with artists engaged in the contemporary Chicago Blues community. Enrollment in this ensemble requires concurrent registration in private lessons.

 

Columbia College Chicago

32-1629J The Blues: Chicago to the Mississippi Delta

Fernando Jones, Instructor

1 Credit Hour
Repeatable
Requirements: Audition Required and Permission by ensemble director

Course requires that students travel to Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi for 5 days to examine the sociological, musicological, and historical relationship between the Chicago (urban) and Mississippi (rural) Blues experience. Through lectures, performances, site visits, and keeping an ethnographic journal, students will gather knowledge about rural Blues and gain a comprehension of its creation and performance from an ethnographic perspective. Some students may perform on the trip, if the composition of enrolled students allows. Students will write a paper based upon their journals and experiences of the trip. 

Columbia College Chicago

Private Blues Guitar and Bass Lessons

Fernando Jones, Instructor