Thursday February 25, 2021 | 12:00 EST

Live Webcast

Black music and its influence on North American Music

in partnership with Hugh's Room Live

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Our Moderator Rudy Blair will chair a panel of leading Canadian musicians in a discussion of the history of black music and the way it helped to shape North American music generally and the way it impacted their own work. Rudy will be joined by Ron Westray, Oscar Peterson, Chair at York University and renowned trombonist, who will bring is vast knowledge of black music to the discussion. Juno-award winning vocalist Molly Johnson will talk about the way black music traditions inspired her career. Grammy Award winner, Dan Hill brings his deep insights into the roots of black music and will share his perspective on the way it helped to shape his work as a singer/song writer. And Canadian Queen of R&B, Jully Black, will share her experience and the way black music traditions have played a role developing her career as a musician.


Jully Black

Platinum Selling Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Artist


Dan Hill

Grammy Award Winning Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Artist


Molly Johnson

Award-winning Canadian Jazz Vocalist


Ron Westray

American Jazz Trombonist, Musician, Composer & Educator



Rudy Blair

CEO, Founder & Interviewer, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media; Host, Vinyl Avenue with Rudy Blair

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