For over a century, the African American music known as the blues formed the root for the flowering of jazz, R&B, country, rock and other musical genres. It is the source of foundational musical structures and sonic flourishes as well as a powerful aesthetic of heartfelt self-expression and improvisation. Almost since the advent of recording, Houston has played a key role in the evolution of blues music. This two-part course, led by author Roger Wood, will provide an overview and analysis of local blues history with special focus on the role of women.
In the first session, Dr. Wood will present an introductory lecture, accompanied by audio and video. In the second session, Dr. Wood will interview guest blues artist Diyunna Greenleaf to be followed by an intimate performance. Participants will gain a deeper appreciation of the blues in relation to Houston social history as well as witness the talents and compelling personalities of some extraordinary homegrown blues women.
Roger Wood is best known for three books on music history published by the University of Texas Press: Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues (2003), Texas Zydeco (2006), and House of Hits: The Story of Houston’s Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios (2010) (co-authored with Andy Bradley). He is also a longtime writer for Living Blues magazine (published by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi), and a contributor to Texas Highways. Dr. Wood recently retired as professor of English at Houston Community College.
Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.
Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.