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Blues Queens of the 1920s NEW

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ClassGraphic Although only a handful of records by women of color were made during the first decades of the U.S. recording industry, consumer interest increased exponentially after Mamie Smith’s first sides were issued in 1920.  She was among hundreds of African American women, known as “blues queens,” who recorded and performed blues songs during the 1920s.  Blues queens like Smith broke barriers by challenging gender stereotypes for women of color, bringing African American musical traditions into the mainstream, and by publicly giving voice to the concerns of black women. This class will provide an overview of the era along with a closer look at four of these trailblazing artists—Mamie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Bessie Smith, and Ma Rainey—and will feature their original music and related historical documents in a multimedia presentation.    

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

MPL - Main

Elizabeth Surles 



Registration Closes On
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 4:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/23/2019 - 10/23/2019 Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Montclair, MPL - Main  Map Elizabeth Surles