Musician Profiles: Jerry Beach

By Will | Feb 5, 2009

Jerry Beach is the host and patriarch of The Monday Night Blues Jam. He’s been performing live for over 40 years, and in addition to hosting The Jam, he still plays regularly with The Jerry Beach Band and is currently also performing with the internationally- recognized group The Bluebirds.
Jerry was nominated for a Grammy [...]

Help A Local Youngster Get to the Junior Olympics

By Will | Jan 9, 2009

Connor, the son of Doc and Paige who so tirelessly work to keep the fabulous music forum that it is, has qualified for the U.S. Fencing Junior Olympic Championships in Albuquerque, NM next month.
They are accepting donations to help cover the considerable expenses of the equipment and travel required to compete in this prestigious [...]

Danny Shows Us How To “Hide Away” On This Freddie King Classic

By Will | Dec 28, 2008

The first time I heard Danny Wilder play was in about 1995. It was at an event called The Monday Night Blues Jam (imagine that) at the old Tommy’s Place, and he was hosting along with Jason Coffield, Kevin Smith and some bassist in flip-flops who drove an old Volvo :-).
I remember thinking as [...]

What is a Jam? Some Definitions

By Will | Dec 26, 2008

Jam - extended musical improvisation over rhythmic grooves and chord patterns (the key word here is improvisation, which distinguishes these solos from those which are rehearsed).
Jam Band - an organized musical group with regular members whose live performances and albums are known for extended jams. The most recognized “Jam Band” in history is probably [...]

When Ron Lets Loose

By Will | Dec 16, 2008

Lots of folks have heard Ron Johnson’s wonderful jazz numbers on his albums or from the samples on his MySpace page. Some have noted that I refer to him on the Blues Jam home page as “The Amazing Ron Johson”. Others may have become curious after reading Erin’s profile of him a couple [...]

Happy Birthday Jerry Beach!!

By Will | Dec 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Jerry! The man we all know and love, host of The Blues Jam, frontman for The Bluebirds, the living legend of Shreveport/Bossier since the 1960s and still going strong, is celebrating another year of playing, singing and raisin’ hell!
The Bluebirds will be playing tonight at Lee’s Lounge, celebrating Jerry’s birthday with what [...]

Faces of the Jam II

By Will | Dec 11, 2008


Renee Caldwell’s Performance: Tina Turner Would Be Proud

By Will | Dec 4, 2008

This young lady visited The Jam and lit the place up with her Tina Turner- inspired performance of Proud Mary. Her name is Renee Caldwell, and she has a soaring, powerful voice. For your listening enjoyment, here’s a little taste of what you missed (crank it up!). You may also hear Jerry [...]

Councilman Mike Long Swings A Mean Axe

By Will | Nov 30, 2008

Shreveport City Councilman Michael Long came by the Blues Jam last Monday, and even took the stage for a set which included International Folk Alliance Director Louis Meyers (considering this area as a possible new home for the conference?) as well as Shreveport Asst. Economic Development Director and world- renowned drummer Brady Blade Jr.
But I [...]

SXSW Founder and International Folk Alliance Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers Visits Blues Jam

By Will | Nov 28, 2008

As we say, you never know who’s gonna show up at the Monday Night Blues Jam!
This past Monday one of our surprise visitors was Louis Jay Meyers, one of the original founders of the South By Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival (aka SXSW) in Austin, TX, which rapidly became one of the major [...]

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