And That’s Why They Call it the Blues

.  .  . And That’s Why They Call It The Blues

Presenter: Alicia Massie-Legg, Maryville College

Course Location, Time, Date: Yacht Club, 5th Floor, 10-12, Friday April 7


Blues music began as a southern roots music of African-American culture that represents a triumph of spirit over the overwhelming discrimination against any person of color in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While its origins are closely tied to music making in a time of slavery, blues soon grew to become an important musical genre that spread throughout the United States and the world, serving not only as an important precursor to jazz music but also continuing to develop as a dynamic separate genre.

In this class, we will discuss the early roots of blues, the growth of a style featuring “the classic women of the blues,” and the many different cultural and social issues that contributed to development of this vital and creative form of music.

Presenter: Alicia Massie-Legg, mezzo-soprano, has an extensive background of professional performance in a variety of music genres, including jazz, pop, rock, country, music theater, and classical music. Her performance experience includes roles in operas and musicals such as The Magic Flute, Little Red Riding Hood, and Street Scene. She was active in professional singing groups such as The Belles and Beaux, Esprit de Chord, and Jam 5:13. She also has 10 years of experience in theatre. Since 2002, Dr. Massie-Legg has taught at Maryville College and is now serving as Senior Lecturer in Music. She earned a PhD in Musicology from University of Kentucky, two Masters degrees from Ohio University in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy and Music History, and a B.A. in Music degree from Radford University. At Maryville College, she teaches Music History for music majors, Voice, and a core curriculum class titled “Perspectives in Music: History of Jazz”.

Class Fee:  $5    Prepay Lisa at the Welcome Center. (Checks to “TVPOA”)