Strategic Partners

Mary Barnes Donnelley Family Foundation | Allstate | Columbia College Chicago | Tom Liebman

Lefort-Martin Fund | Team Jones | Chicago Federation of Musicians | Jim Dunlop USA

The Blues Camp Parent Fundraising Committee | The Blues Foundation Shure | Fender Musical Dr. Eddie Bleier & Friends | Thinking Computers | D'Addario Foundation | Chicago Community Trust

City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events | One Brick

Chicago Area Metro Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated

Artistic Director & Founder

Fernando Jones

Legal + Business

Dr. Eileen Daily | David Goren | Todd Stephens

Tyrone Blackshear | Thomas Durham


Dr. Frances Carroll | Tracey Cromwell | Dr. Ja'ami Dawan | Dr. Grace Dawson | Jackie Scott

Festival and Blues Camp Operations

Charles Hemphil | Marvin Jones | Buddy Payne


Charles Hemphil | Dr, Charles Hudson | Yvette Jones | Flo Lawnicki

Tom Navarro | Buddy Payne | Peggy Wilson



Glenn Kaupert | LeVern A. Danley III

Emerging Light Media


Public Relations and Social Media

C. Ron Allen, James McMurray | Quincy Cochran | Branford Parker | J. N. Walton

Blues Camp Instructors

Deonte Brantley | Antonio Boswell |  Quincy Cochran |  Felton Crews |  CoCo Elysses |  Fernando Jones

Patrick McFowler Tyler Priest  Jackie Scott |  Eli Taber & Gary Yerkins.



Former and current Columbia College Chicago Blues Ensemble students.


Photo by Glenn Kaupert