Jazz Great Mose Allison
to Give Free Performance at Delta State
CLEVELAND, Miss. -- Composer, poet,
pianist and vocalist Mose Allison will appear in concert
on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Jobe Hall on
the Delta State campus. The concert, titled “DSU Welcomes
Mose Allison Home,” is free and open to the public.
Born in Tallahatchie County where
he was influenced by the bluesman that lived and performed
on his father’s farm, Allison has long lived in New York
City. He has been a major influence on musicians over
the last 50 years and has been touring for at least that
long. His songs have been recorded by, among others, Van
Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Diana Krall, John Mayall
(with Eric Clapton) and Elvis Costello. His singular style,
a unique blending of jazz and blues, and his profound
lyrical wit mark him as a true American original. Paul
Bernays of Artisan Pictures in the United Kingdom presented
an hour-long documentary about his career, titled “Ever
Since I Stole the Blues.”
Allison will have a busy schedule
when he comes home to Mississippi. After his performance
at Delta State, he will be honored in Jackson, where the
Mississippi Arts Commission will present him with a Governor’s
Lifetime Achievement Award on Wednesday, February 16,
at 1:00 p.m. in Wells Memorial United Methodist Church.
The following day, he will be present at the Allison Mercantile
Store in Tippo at 1:30 p.m. when the Mississippi Blues
Commission unveils a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail
in his honor. Both the Governor’s Awards and the Mississippi
Blues Trail unveiling are free and open to the public.
Immediately following the unveiling
ceremony all are invited to the CARE building in Charleston
for a reception and short program presented by CARE. Allison’s
performance at Delta State is made possible by funding
from the Delta State Foundation, Delta Center for Culture
and Learning, the Bologna Performing Arts Center, the
Tri-State Education Foundation, the Delta State College
of Arts and Sciences, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
For additional information, visit
Delta State's website.