Jontavious Willis chased our blues away

We are still recovering from last week’s country blues residency with the mighty Jontavious Willis in the greater Baltimore and Washington DC region. He shared the African American blues tradition with students at Hereford, Franklin, Pikesville, and Perry Hall high schools as well as at Booker T. Washington Middle School as part of World Culture in Context program. For those brave few, he invited them to jam with him, prompted some to improvise blues lyrics with him, and connected with all deeply and profoundly. We capped the daytime outreach with two sold-out shows at the Hill Center and Creative Alliance with harmonica master Andrew Alli.

Photographs courtesy of Larry Fogelson:

Watch this brilliant take on “Country Blues” by Doc Boggs performed by Jontavious Willis on guitar and vocals and Andrew Alli on harmonica. The performance was presented by the Center for Cultural Vibrancy in partnership with the Creative Alliance and the Baltimore Blues Society.