Musicians jazz things up for elementary students
All the music we love today had its beginning with the blues, according to Michael "Blue Shoes" Dyson and Marquise "Big Daddy" Knox, members of The Blue Shoe Project, who visited elementary students in early December. Music teacher Angela Neal brought the young men to the school by way of a grant from the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation (CSEEF). Students learned that the blues had roots in West Africa and the people brought their knowledge of the sound and the instruments to the South. Children enjoyed the sound of the electric guitar and the harmonica and they joined in singing, "Blues had a baby and they called it Rock ‘n Roll." Neal will expand on the presentation by reading books about jazz at CES and creating centers for projects at ACW. Last year, members of the Fort Worth Opera also visited elementary students through funds provided by the CSEEF.
"Blue Shoe" Dyson explained to students how his electric guitar was a descendant of the kora, an instrument remembered by slaves coming from West Africa.
"Big Daddy" Knox allowed students to view his fancy picking up close.

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