2009
Blues guitarist, artist-in-residence Fruteland Jackson set to perform

Blues guitarist, artist-in-residence Fruteland Jackson set to perform
March 31, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Acclaimed Chicago blues guitarist Fruteland Jackson, who has been teaching a course in blues guitar and harmonica this spring as part of Benedictine University’s Artist-in-Residence program, will perform in concert at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in the Coal Ben on the University campus. Jackson was born in 1953 in Sunflower County, Mississippi, the fourth child of six. He was reared in a musical and church-going family. His early exposure to church singing and growing up in a household where blues music was the norm set the foundation for what would become his life’s work. Jackson is one of the few Americans dedicated to performing and preserving acoustic blues in its various styles (traditional or contemporary). He is a singer/songwriter and educator who performs at blues festivals, cultural centers and clubs worldwide. His songs range from blues ballads to folk and gospel standards and what he refers to as “Baby-Boomer” blues. Jackson has presented his education programs at such institutions as the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, the University of Mississippi and the State Universities of New York (SUNY). These programs have proven to be an excellent tool for gifted students, the physically/emotionally challenged and inner city, high-risk students. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.