Articles about Blues

Jam sessions in Madrid’s blues scene: musical experience in hybrid performance models
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 73-86

Examining the differences between presentational and participatory music, this paper explores the importance of jam sessions as hybrid performance models and collective musical practices. As such, they display democratic and hierarchic devices that produce complex social and cultural settings, providing ...

Alternative Journalism in Madrid’s Blues Scene
IASPM Journal (2014) Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 55-70

This article discusses how the blues music scene in Madrid (Spain) produces its own media and communication networks, based on the genre’s traditional and current development, in contrast to the lack of attention from mainstream media. Focusing on three key ...

Jamming the Blues: The Grateful Dead's Development of Models for Rock Improvisation
Critical Studies in Improvisation (2013) Vol. 9, No. 1

In this article, I analyze the approach to playing blues- or soul-related material that the Grateful Dead developed to permit them to integrate their desire to engage in open improvisation with their responsibilities as a working rock band. The importance ...

Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs, by David Grazian
Popular Music (2006) Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 331-332

Blue Chicago is one of the better books on music I have read in recent years. It is well written, humorous, engaging and thought provoking. Part of what makes it good reading is the difficulty of the subject. Authenticity is ...