Born in Mississippi in 1956, Steve Gardner is an accomplished blues musician and photographer, having studied photojournalism at the University of Southern Mississippi and blues from the “School of Hard Knocks.” After working as a photojournalist in the States, he came to Japan, where he has freelanced for Japanese magazines as well as for Time and Newsweek. The interest in the blues that he found in Japan led him to create a picture book on Mississippi and the blues, Rambling Mind (1994). His first CD, “Rambling With The Blues” (2002) is this book’s musical counterpart. He recorded another CD in New Orleans, Louisiana, “Walkin’ the dog” (2008), and his most recent release is an album named “Miz Sally’s Yellow Cat Song Book” (2015), which is about–and dedicated to–his mom, Miz Sally.
Through his music and stories, Steve Gardner will take us on a journey from the world at large to Mississippi and show us where the blues came from — both geographically and spiritually.
EVENT: Open Lecture/ Concert
WHEN: December 14, 2023 (Thursday), 3rd Period (13:20~14:50)
WHERE: Aoyama Campus of AGU, Former Junior College TL402 / See MAP
TARGET AUDIENCE: IE students and any other interested parties who love music
HANDOUT: Roots Workshop Worksheet PDF
Thursday IE Core and IE Seminar teachers and their classes–as well as any other teachers and students who can make it–should feel free to participate in this special event.
Here is an article about Steve Gardner that was written by a former professor in our department, Wayne Pounds, for the Metropolis magazine. It shows some of Mr. Gardner’s excellent photography and puts his music into historical context.
Click on the graphic (below) to access some fine blues songs about southern cooking, especially the art of barbecue.