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Here's a page with ideas and some of my work for you to use to see how we can make what we talked about become a big deal in the LAUSD.
“I work on my craft and my complete package every single day. I perform every show as if it were Carnegie Hall -- even if it’s a gift of my time in a classroom, retirement home, front porch in Mississippi, a TV show or on stage for thousands of dollars. My music and I are one. Being born 5 months premature, one looks at life differently. Therefore, each day is a lifetime achievement award proven earned the following day.”
- Fernando Jones
"Fernando is one in a million trying to get to the bottom of the barrel of the Blues.”
- Buddy Guy
While refuting the many negative stereotypes that haunt this music, he is on a mission to show its beauty through academic implementations, lectures, and concerts globally. As a result, Jones' hands were photographed by National Geographic Magazine. His book, I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot, has been used as a resource by the likes of the Discovery Channel, Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, Living Blues Magazine, London Times, and Al-Jazeera. Radio stations such as ABC, BBC, CBS, CLTV, NBC, WTTW, NPR, WGN and PBS have celebrated him for his playing style and unique perspective on the status of Black music in America.
As a music festival producer, Fernando Jones created the first Blues Festival at the University of Illinois at Chicago when he was only a sophomore in the Spring of 1984. It was produced in February of 1985 and featured his eldest brother Foree Superstar, Junior Wells, Magic Slim, Buddy Guy and Phil Guy. Four years later he wrote the book I Was There When The Blues Was Red Hot.
Strategic Partnerships and professional memberships: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (Life Membership), American Federation of Musicians, BMI (Local 10-208), Fender Musical Instruments, Jim Dunlop, Real Men Cook, Shure, The Chicago Blues Festival Advisory Board, NABSE and Shure.
Charitable Giving Real Men Cook Charities, Guide Right Chicago, The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Edward G. Irvin Foundation and more.
• Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
• "Blues Kids Day(s)" proclamations from: the City of Chicago
• California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition
• City of Riverside, CA Proclamation to Recognize and Honor
• State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition
• Corona, CA Blues Day Proclamation,
• State of Illinois Proclamation for a Blues Day
• Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient. See certificates.
• Teacher of the year finalist (Columbia College Chicago, 2006).
• Life Membership with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
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