Gerald McClendon

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Through music, song, and feelings, students will be introduced to the blues, exploring its origins and evolution. Gerald McClendon explains, "Some would say if you heard one blues song you heard them all, but that's not true. The blues has 12-Bar Blues, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, St. Louis Blues, Boogie Woogie Blues, Stride Piano style, etc. But more so, blues is a feeling."

Formed in the Fall of 2006, the Blues Experience features veteran Chicago blues vocalist McClendon and his Quartet, including Harlin Terson, Rickey Nelson, and Steve Arvey. These multi-talented musicians have performed with many blues greats throughout the world.

"One of the best, if not the best, EISMA concerts I have ever experienced! The performers were outstanding! They really got the children excited about the blues through their music and comments. Student involvement was phenomenal!"
- Evanston In-School Music Association's Evaluation Report

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