Oct 18, 2013
The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame welcomes blues virtuosos Junior Markham and Little Joe McLerran to the Jazz Depot stage in a concert for every blues lover.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame inductee James “Junior” Markham grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and developed an interest in music from listening to blues radio, hearing records of Roy Orbison, and experiencing Elvis Presley perform live at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Pavilion in 1956. Markham landed his first record deal in Los Angeles with Capital Records, later performing with Leon Russell, J.J. Cale, Carl Radle, and Ace Moreland; he recorded with Jimmy Reed, Albert King, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Jerry Lee Lewis, A.C. Reed, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Rolling Stones Pianist Bobby Keyes. Regarded as a blues institution, Markham is known for pulling the best out of anyone who plays with him.
Little Joe McLerran has been playing the guitar and singing his piedmont blues since he was eight years old, winning his first International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009 at age 25. Since winning the IBC title, Little Joe has played festivals, concerts and clubs, touring the United States and abroad. As part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad—hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureaus—Little Joe and his band embarked on a month-long tour around the Persian Gulf. As the first Americans to ever play a public concert in Riyadh, Little Joe and his band played the blues for the capitol city of Saudi Arabia. Little Joes has toured on four continents, adding South America to his list as the musical ambassador to Paraguay.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
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