Connected Corridor Presents “Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs” Starring Barbara Morrison

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jazz-festivalMark your calendars for a performance of the blues musical “Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs” starring legendary blues and jazz recording artist Barbara Morrison as Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, known as the world’s greatest female blues artist. The audience can expect a great evening as Ms. Morrison takes the audience on a journey into the personal life and trials of “Big Mama” through music, dancing, comedy and drama.

The Jazz Angels, a group of professional musicians dedicated to educating children in the appreciation of jazz will entertain outside of the Jordan Auditorium to welcome guests. The International Children’s Choir will open for “Howlin’ Blues & Dirty Dogs” at 6 p.m.

The event is presented by Long Beach Connected Corridor funded by the Long Beach Community Foundation and Leadership Long Beach to celebrate Jordan High School’s 75th anniversary. Tickets may be purchased for adults, $20; students, $5, and VIP reserved seats with Barbara Morrison jazz CD, $40 at or the Jordan High School box office, 6500 Atlantic Avenue.

Preceding the concert will be the Top of the Town Arts Festival in Houghton Park. Sponsored by Project Oasis, the arts festival will feature artists, craft vendors and outdoor music from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Connected Corridor,” funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Long Beach Community Foundation and managed by Leadership Long Beach, supports civic engagement along Long Beach’s Atlantic Avenue Corridor. The Long Beach Community Foundation initiates positive change for Long Beach through charitable giving, stewardship and strategic grant making.

Entering its 20th year with a theme, “20/20 Leadership – a proud past and a focused commitment to the future of Long Beach,” Leadership Long Beach is a community leadership program designed to develop demonstrated community leaders by increasing their knowledge of the Long Beach community and creating networks of individuals who can help each other solve community challenges. More than 600 leaders have graduated from the program since the inaugural class of 1990.

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