"[Fernando] you are one in a million trying to get to the bottom of the barrel of the Blues.”
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Welcome to Blues Camp Chicago
at Columbia College Chicago's Music Center
1014 S Michigan Avenue
Sunday, July 7 thru Friday, July 12th, 2024
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Blues Camp International is supported by and brought to you in part by: Knotty Luxe Arts Foundation, Mary Barnes Donnelley Family Foundation, Lefort-Martin Fund, Tom Liebman, DCASE, NBC 5 Chicago, Venue OverDrive, PERT Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Microbusiness Recovery Grant Program, Chicago Federation of Musicians (Local 10-208), Rotary Club of Chicago, Facebook / Network for Good, Navy Pier Chicago, D’Addario Foundation, The Chicago (IL) Metro Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, M.U.S.T Foundation, Bobbie’s Screen Printing, and Bikes & Music.
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Blues Kids Foundation and its Blues Angels are proud to be on the cutting edge of Blues andragogy and pedagogy with Fernando Jones' 15th Annual Blues Camp International on the campus of Columbia College Chicago in the Music Center. Local, national and international student musicians ages 12 to 18 can be involved with Blues Camp by auditioning for placement between now and July 7th. Placement is for beginner, intermediate and advanced level vocalists and instrumentalist. To find out how, visit BluesKids.com/EarlyBird or call us at (779) BluesMe.
We are not looking for the best "Blues Kid" players in the world. We are looking, however, for the Blues Kid who wants to be in a music program with like-minded others. Here are the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge Standards we use.
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.
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Blues Kids Foundation Friends
WGN TV, One Brick Foundation, Thinking Computers, Downbeat Magazine, the Society Incorporated, The Chicago Chapter for the Arts, DCASE, Reggie’s Rock Club, Edward G. Irvin Foundation, Music Box Foundation, and A Sound Education.
Blues Camp Education Partners
Columbia College Chicago, B.B. King Museum and Interpretive Center (MS), Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, KOP Mentoring Network (FL), Tokyo School of Music and Dance, Chicago Public Schools (Metcalfe, Hendricks, Esmond, Powell Paideia Academy, Pershing and Owen), Delta Arts Center (NC), and ETA Creative Arts Foundation.
Download Blues Camp Documents + Forms (Click "Blue")
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Blues Camp Song Pool Links
Here are Youtube and SoundCloud links.
1. Identify the song selections for your group.
2. Identify song links on this list (list may not be in order).
3. Click the link below the song or paste it into the URL.
Listen, study, practice and learn the song.
If a song is missing, feel free to look it up on iTunes or YouTube.
Do not email us with song selections. Each list is created based on members, instrumentation, and skill level mastery.
The cool thing about the Blues is that it is based on the oral tradition. This camp is designed to encourage and developing the skill of playing by ear. In most cases, there will be no sheet music . . . so encourage them to develop their ear by “really” listening. However, there may be tabs and charts online they can use, but we are stepping up our game this year. If they can’t find a song, no worries, they can learn it with their own personal private lessons’ instructor.
The Funky Chicken by Rufus Thomas
The Mess Around by Ray Charles
Walkin’ the Dog by Rufus Thomas
Baby What You Want Me to Do by Jimmy Reed
A Tisket a Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald
Time is Tight by Booker T. & The MGs
Walked from the West Side by Foree Superstar
Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton
Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
Let the Good Times Roll by Louis Jordan
I Want Money by Barrett Strong
Last Night by the Mar-Keys
Since You’ve Been Gone by Aretha Franklin
In Love with The Blues by Marilynn Claire
You’ve Got What it Takes by Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
Thrill is Gone by BB King
Sunny by Bobby Hebb
What Does It Take by Junior Walker
Oil and Water by Nellie Travis
Oye Como Va
Who do You Love by Bo Diddley
Rescue Me by Fontella Bass
Messin’ with the Kid by Junior Wells
I Want a Pretty Woman by Barkin’ Bill
Dime and a Quarter by Nellie Travis
Suavecito by Malo
Green Onions by Booker T. & The MGs
Smokin’ Gun by Robert Cray
All Blues by Miles Davis
Stone Rollin' Dash by Raphael Sadiq
Pass the Peas by The JBs
Oil and Water by Nellie Travis
Mississippi Hippie by Fernando Jones
Smoke Stack Lightnin' by Howlin' Wolf
Chicago (Has Got Everything You Need) by Fernando Jones
Hide Away by Freddie King
I Cried Like a Baby by KoKo Taylor
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Oral and Written Quizzes
Rehearsal Performance Prep
Concert Performances Evaluation
Final Presentation Project
Exit Course Evaluation
• Keep Blues youthful and exciting, while preserving and building the on the past.
• Provide Blues Kids with the basic skills (musically, socially, emotionally and linguistically) necessary to play proficiently and effectively in a music community.
• Introduce this indigenous American art form to new audiences.
• Use critical thinking skills, while collaborating with others.
• Apply practical skills learned in class in culminating activities on stage.
• Promote digital learning and embrace technology.
• Contributions to the future of the Blues musically, socially and culturally
• Present the next generation of musicians as scholars and proficient players.
• Introduce students to the art of live professional performance.
• Introduce the history of American music through the lens of the Blues.
• Keep the Blues youthful and exciting, while preserving the past.
• Represent the next generation of Blues artist as scholars and proficient players + vocalists.
• Learn the importance of the Blues from a sociological and historical perspective focusing on the future.
• Use critical thinking skills and collaborate with others.
• Apply practical skills learned in class in a culminating activity on stage.