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Kenneth Jackson

Contact Name: Kenneth Jackson

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4346 East Faronia Square
MEMPHIS, Tennessee 38116
United States
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Phone: (901) 398-1622

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KENNETH JACKSON/Performer – Consultant

Kenneth Jackson is a dynamic entertainer and master teaching artist. He received his B. A. Degree in Music Education from Texas College in Tyler, Texas and has extensive professional development training in Arts Education. He has a vocal style reminiscent of Lou Rawls and Barry White, and he is an accomplished composer, trumpeter, guitarist, and pianist who began his professional career at age 14.

Mr. Jackson tours Nationally and has performed in Japan, England, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Canada, U. S. Virgin Islands, Africa, and Ireland. He has performed with such renowned artists as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Johnny Taylor, Lou Rawls, Solomon Burke, Sam and Dave, the Dells, and others. His award winning Blues in the Schools educational program (Basically Blues) has been broadcast on CNN. Also, his concerts, compositions, and workshops have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Times, Commercial Appeal, and National Endowment for the Arts (brochure), Inside Memphis, Down Beat, Emerge, and Living Blues Magazines. Mr. Jackson has been featured at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

He is president of K.R.J. Publishing Company and is currently working as an artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts Advantage, Delta Arts Council, Wolf Trap Institute, and the Alabama Alliance for the Arts.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
My mission is to share the legacy of the Blues with all generations throughout the World. This music has brought us together in spirit and harmony. Let us celebrate and dance.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: ONE MAN'S BLUES

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

“ONE MAN’S BLUES”- Multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer Kenneth Jackson enchants students with early styles, including sing-alongs, work songs, and call and responses. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this exciting performance of this melting pot of Blues from a historical and artistic point of view. B.B. King’s “Thrill is Gone, W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues”, and Elvis Presley’s “Jail House Rock” will be included in the program as well Jackson’s originals and other soulful songs.

Tours to Schools – Program length – 50 min. – Time: TBA – Suitable for Grades K-12

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Program Title: BASICALLY BLUES

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

“Basically Blues” – Recording artist Kenneth Jackson’s original score celebrating Memphis’ musical heritage. The songs were carefully crafted from the same rhythm patterns, chords sequences, and song structures as traditional blues songs using child themes and curriculum. The show includes work songs, alphabet, colors, personal hygiene, “12 bar blues shake”, and the “Beale Street Strut” (parade). A little authentic blues, soul, and rock and roll will be sprinkled in to balance out the show.

Tours to Schools – Program length: 50 min. – Time: TBA – Suitable for Grades – Pre k -2

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Program Title: RHYTHM AND BLUES CLUES

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

“RHYTHM AND BLUES CLUES” – This soul stirring, heart-warming, thought provoking concert production contains original songs geared toward contemporary teen issues and life skills. Various styles of Rhythm and Blues, Blues, Soul, Ballads, Rock, and spirit filled music have been composed by Kenneth Jackson to educate, motivate, and thoroughly entertain our youth as well as adults. Other popular Blues and Soul songs will be performed as well. Topics include: stress management, job interviews, tolerance, honoring Mothers, stopping the violence, self- control, and many more.

Tours to Schools – Program length: 50 min. – Time: TBA – suitable for Grades – 6 – 12

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