Blues / Jazz & Roots Music, Solo – Ensemble
Tj Wheeler has been described as everything from a national treasure to a one man Juke Joint. One things for certain, he’s a living library of Blues, Jazz and overall roots music who walks the walk that he talks and sings. His trick bag of material include song styling’s from the Underground Rail Road, Old time String & Jug Bands, Mississippi Delta Blues, the sacred songs of the Civil Rights movement, to New Orleans Traditional Jazz, Uptown R & B, as well as his own bedrock of Blues & Jazz original compositions. All of the above gumbo of musical genres he brings to life in his inspirational & interactive performances and education programs. Across five continents, roughly 500,000 students from schools K -12, Universities, and all age’s audiences at Blues, Jazz & Folk music festivals around the world, have been enthralled as well as enlightened by Tj’s overall, personalized knowledge of the history & stories behind the music as they are about his talented and passionate performances. Tj performs on a plethora of instruments including the 1 string Mississippi Diddley Bow, Cigar box guitar, Tenor & 5 string Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, National Resonator Steel & 7 string Arch top guitar as well as Piano, Talking Drum, Harmonica, vocals, tap shoes and kazoo! Awards include the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the International Blues Foundation, the Granite State Award from the University of New Hampshire, the Paul Robeson Diversity Award from the U.S. Post Office, two Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the NH State Council on the Arts, and the Education Curriculum Award from the National Music Foundation. Each year Tj updates his programming with new music and education themes that highlight integrated arts, such as Hope, Heroes’ & the Blues. His current theme stresses seeking relevancy in history and is entitled How WE Arrived (How roots music has influenced history). Most recently he was he was nominated for a NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. Tj is also a noted writer concentrating most often on the interrelationship between roots music and the Civil & Human Rights struggle. His articles have frequently been featured by various Blues & Jazz publications as well as on his web site.
offered: Tj can be booked for a wide variety of settings including Concerts, Master classes, Workshops, Special needs classes, Music & Arts Festivals, Park & Rec performances, Libraries, Retirement Communities, Coffee House & House concerts, Music Camps, School workshops & residencies K - 12, Prisons, Youth Correctional Facilities, University lectures & interactive residencies, African American Studies classes, Diversity training for Corporations, Children & Adult Hospitals and Teacher conferences.
served: All, including special needs, and people in institutions and youth at-risk
All areas, year round
Solo - $400-$1000 (depending on travel, length, size, etc.) Band - $1000-$2500 (depending on band size, and the variables listed under the above solo description)
11 Brown Rd
Hampton Falls, NH 03844