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Black Music and Its Influence on North American Music

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Black Music and Its Influence on North American Music: In Partnership With Hugh’s Room Live

Moderator Rudy Blair chaired a panel of leading Canadian musicians in a discussion of the history of black music and the way it helped to shape North American music generally and the way it impacted their own work. Rudy was joined by Ron Westray, Oscar Peterson, Chair at York University and renowned trombonist, who brought vast knowledge of black music to the discussion. Juno-award winning vocalist Molly Johnson talked about the way black music traditions inspired her career. Grammy Award winner, Dan Hill brought his deep insights into the roots of black music and shared his perspective on the way it helped to shape his work as a singer/song writer. And Canadian Queen of R&B, Jully Black, shared her experience and the way black music traditions have played a role developing her career as a musician.

Rudy Blair, CEO, Founder & Interviewer, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media; Host, Vinyl Avenue with Rudy Blair

Jully Black, Platinum Selling Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Artist

Dan Hill, Grammy Award Winning Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Artist

Molly Johnson, Award-winning Canadian Jazz Vocalist

Ron Westray, American Jazz Trombonist, Musician, Composer & Educator

*The content presented is free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.*

*Views and Opinions Expressed Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the speakers or panelists are those of the speakers or panelists and do not necessarily reflect or represent the official views and opinions, policy or position held by The Empire Club of Canada.*