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2019 Spring Class
New Orleans R&B: Birth, Decline, Revival
Instructor: Frank Johnson
Tuesdays • 3/19-5/7 • 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Jewett 190
The course is designed to feature both prominent and obscure New Orleans musicians from 1947 to the present day. In addition we will discuss noteworthy record producers and the independent labels that were the backbone of the New Orleans music scene. We will also examine the unique history and culture of the Crescent City. The topics by week are listed below:
Selections will include influences Louis Jordan, Champion Jack Dupree and Tuts Washington. The early years of New Orleans R&B (1947-1952) will include: Roy Brown, Jewell King, Annie Laurie, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Archibald, Tommy Ridgley, Smiley Lewis, Joe Liggins, Little Mr. Midnight, Paul Gayten, Royal Kings, Dave Bartholomew, Lloyd Price.
• Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since WW II – Jason Berry, Jonathan Foose, Tad Jones
• Rhythm & Blues in New Orleans – John Broven
• Blue Monday: Fats Domino & the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘N Roll – Rick Coleman
• Talking New Orleans Music – Burt Feintuch
• I Hear You Knockin’ – Jeff Hannusch
• The Soul of New Orleans – Jeff Hannusch
• Under a Hoodoo Moon – Dr. John
• Musical Gumbo: The Music of New Orleans – Grace Lichtenstein and Laura Dankner
• Why New Orleans Matters – Tom Piazza
• The World That Made New Orleans – Ned Sublette
• New Atlantis – John Swenson
Wavelength – a New Orleans magazine published from 1980 to 1991. Wavelength focused on New Orleans rhythm & blues with record reviews, interviews and feature articles on some of the great artists who received little recognition outside the Big Easy. The entire eleven years of Wavelength are available on the University of New Orleans website: https://scholarworks.uno.edu/wavelength
Offbeat – a current monthly magazine of New Orleans music, including record reviews, feature stories and news on live music in the city. If you visit the city Offbeat is indispensable to find out who’s playing where.
WWOZ is a non-profit community-supported New Orleans radio station dedicated to the local music scene. WWOZ can be accessed online https://www.wwoz.org.
Class size 5-25 students
11 seats remaining
Frank Johnson has a lifelong passion and interest in African-American music: jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, soul, and Afro-Latin. He has a collection of over 4,000 albums covering these genres. In addition, he has a personal library of over 250 books on African-American musical styles, musicians and cultural influences. Frank is a graduate of University of Maine with a degree in Political Science and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Government.