Blues Camp Chicago

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Columbia College Chicago JULY 5 - 10, 2020

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CHICAGO, IL (February 22, 2020) – Blues Kids Foundation and From the Heart Foundation proudly presents Fernando Jones' Blues Camp this Summer. Blues Camp is free for student musicians ages 12 to 18. To be part of this incredible opportunity you must audition. All instruments are welcome.

Celebrate the root of American music during Black History Month at Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp Day in the Music Center at Columbia College Chicago. This event is designed to be a fun-filled day of Blues immersion through the lens of ensemble instruction and performance. It's also a snapshot of our Summer Blues Camp. Strategic Partner brochure.

Allstate Foundation in partnership with Blues Kids Foundation presents Fernando Jones' Blues Camp Workshop Series 2019/2020. Workshops and master classes will be established between now and June 2020 at sites (but not limited to):

• Foundations College Prep

• Ralph Metcalfe Community Academy

• Owen Scholastic Academy

• Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts

• Whitney Young Magnet School
• Dulles School of Excellence

• Kenwood Academy

Blues Camp Chicago July 5 - 10, 2020

Youths ages 12 to 18 will learn and perform Chicago Blues 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). Band slots are limited and entry is competitive. For details and updates visit Click here for the placement application. Here are the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge Standards we use.

About the Founder

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 where he is on faculty as founding Blues Ensemble director in the Music Department. on July 4th, the day before, there was a kick-off celebration on the site of the old Chess Records at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue. 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." 

Mr. Jones is also a songwriter and scholar. Born to loving Mississippi parents on the South Side of Chicago, Jones was inspired by his older brothers, Foree, Marvin and Gregory to play music; that inspiration led him to teaching himself how to play guitar when he was just four years old.

He is a highly sought-after lecturer focusing on music pedagogy and literacy improvement whose clientele has included the Smithsonian Institute and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Buddy Guy said that Fernando Jones is “one in a million trying to get to the bottom of the barrel of the Blues.” The incomparable Fernando Jones is a 21st Century Renaissance man and the 2008 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient and a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee to name but two of his professional acknowledgements.

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.

Photo by Glenn Kaupert