Special Thursday evening presentation: Although blues music was spun by slaves on southern plantations as an oral tradition, classic female blues emerged early in the 20th century as a mixture of traditional folk blues and urban theater music. Appearing onstage with pianists or small jazz combos, dazzling pioneers like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters (at left) catapaulted the vocal form onto the world stage. With new technologies in sound recording coupled with the advent of national radio broadcasts, the blues grew as one of the most popular forms of jazz.

Thursday, September 22nd, 7 to 9 PM.$25, $20 members
Register on-line or call 508-495-1878, ext. 2 This lecture is in conjunction with JazzFest Falmouth. 

Robert Wyatt

Women Sing the Blues: A Robert Wyatt Lecture


Steinway artist Robert Wyatt has performed throughout the United States and internationally, gathering critical acclaim for sensitive and colorful solo and chamber music recitals. Featured on NPR and PBS broadcasts, Wyatt has also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall in New York, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and the Museum of Fine Arts.

He has been a lecture/recitalist for the Smithsonian Institution for twenty years and served as an exhibition artist for their Piano 300 exhibition in 2000. As a “Smithsonian Scholar,” Wyatt has presented musical programs in school systems under the sponsorship of the Ford Foundation.

In 1987, Wyatt discovered several unpublished piano preludes by George Gershwin, and in the ensuing years has pursued research that has established him as one of the nation's foremost Gershwin scholars. His book, The George Gershwin Reader, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004. Wyatt is currently the Director of Music at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Massachusetts.