THE ORIGINS OF JAZZ and the Birth of the CLASSIC BLUES with Dave Merrick



Natalie (Vocals), Dave (Narration, Guitar and Vocals) and Brendan (Sax and Harmonica) will tell the story of of the birth of Jazz and the classic Blues with historic footage and audio. They will also be performing a selection of their favourite early Jazz and Classic Blues songs.

Natalie, Brendan and Dave will trace the story of the birth of Jazz and the Classic Blues.
The presentation features historic footage and audio from a traditional New Orleans marching band, King Oliver’s New Orleans Jazz Band, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith (the ‘Empress of the Blues’) and Robert Johnson.
Natalie, Dave and Brendan will also perform some of their favourite early country Blues and Classic Blues, including music made famous by Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday among others.