I’m from Chicago, where the blues and soul are revered and avidly played by lots of Black musicians including several in my very own family. But I’ve heard that lament for many years, and also that sometimes Black people don’t patronize the clubs where blues is played. Or jazz. So the Brits, back in the 60s, seemed to know more about our blues artists than we did, and sold their material back to us on their albums. And our blues and jazz artists went to Europe where they could make a living and be respected more. I spent a lot of time in Ronnie Scott’s and such in London, listening to amazing artists with rapt audiences marveling at every note. So you have a point, when it comes to blues and jazz for sure…

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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