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WUMB Zoom Event with Brendan Hogan: Celebrating John Hammond
When: Thursday, November 11th
Open to Members and Non Members
Join Morning Show Host Brendan Hogan on Thursday, November 11th at 7pm for our next Zoom Series focusing on the life and career of John Hammond, Sr.
Hammond, born December 15, 1910 in New York City, is one of the most-important figures in American culture in the 20th century. Without him our lives would look and sound very different. Over 6 decades, and through shifting tastes of the public, Hammond discovered or helped further the careers of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman (and Charlie Christian), Big Joe Turner, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
He championed African American culture with a series of successful concerts at Carnegie Hall in the late 1930s called From Spirituals to Swing. He signed Pete Seeger to Columbia Records in the late-50s even while Seeger was blacklisted by the industry for years during the Red Scare of McCarthyism. He was responsible for re-issuing Robert Johnson’s 1936-37 recordings in 1961, leading to a revived interest in his music that influenced the British blues boom. He was father to musician John Hammond Jr., himself one of the greatest blues interpreters of the past 60 years. In turn Hammond Jr. introduced Robbie Robertson and The Hawks (The Band) to Bob Dylan.
Brendan will discuss all phases of his work including music and much more. Please save the date for Thursday, November 11th at 7pm.
This event is free and open to all.
Both Members and Non Members are invited to come listen and learn about one of the most significant contributors to music history.