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The History of Blues in America

from Cross Bay Media

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In the spirit of Ken Burns' breakout PBS documentary series on American country music, acclaimed guitarist and music historian Joey Leone presents “The History of Blues in America” a one hour program covering the history, influence and social impact of American blues music through songs, stories and historical facts. Joey highlights the influence of blues on virtually all styles of contemporary music over the past 7 decades playing a variety of songs on multiple guitars from his personal collection. In addition to the live music segments, he touches on recurring themes of how the blues transcended racial boundaries, brought people together in times of celebration and times of healing, and how the blues followed the migration from the rural south to the urban north. Joey also ties in his upbringing in Brooklyn NY, and how important the Public Library System was for his discovery, passion, and education about music and music history. A lifelong career musician, he has toured and recorded as a guitar player for many high profile artists including Etta James, The Coasters, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, and many more. Joey truly believes in the unifying and healing power of music, which comes through during this inspiring and delightful program.

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Multipoint: $250.00
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By Request: $250.00
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45 minutes for 6 - 12 grade, 60 minutes for young adult and adult audiences

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Performing Arts

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom and pre recorded version available

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Programs are available daily, between 12:00PM and 9:00PM, Eastern Standard Time

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. 50% of full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 24 hours notice for non-weather related cancelations.

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Cross Bay Media

Queens, New York
United States

Cross Bay Media operates in multiple sectors of the performing and fine arts, developing educational programs that engage, educate, and entertain.  A core group of talented presenters from across the country offer unique programs for a wide age range, from elementary school students to residents of senior living facilities.

Chris Tedesco
(917) 825-3360

Program Details


The program begins with a brief overview, as well as a song that correlates with the early timeline of blues music.
Joey then moves through the historical timeline, inserting songs, stories, and historical references.
As Joey progresses through the program, he highlights major figures and events that shaped the blues.
The program shifts to more contemporary theme, showing the influence of the blues on modern music from multiple genres
Time is allowed for questions and answers at the conclusion of the program.


To inform, educate, and entertain through the lens of the uniquely American music genre, the blues.
To show the correlation between music and unity.
Demonstrating how music is and has been an important part of celebrating the good times, and healing in times of trouble.
To highlight some of the fascinating folklore that surrounds the history of the blues.
To follow the timeline of African American migration from the rural south to the industrial north, and how music played a major part of it.
To highlight the immense impact that blues music has had on many different genres of contemporary music.