American Blues, Jazz & Soul Food

American Blues, Jazz & Soul Food


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Follow Us ON:,,, American Blues, Jazz and Soul Food (ABJSF) celebrates three art forms that are embroidered within our culture, while honoring the entrepreneurs that have nourished them.

Owing to their vision, dedication and expertise, they continue to provide wonderful platforms from which scintillating blues and jazz performances and mouthwatering soul food are presented to the public.

About the Author: Ron Rudison graduated from Morehouse College in 1972 with a BA in Economics. He served as a Naval Aviator aboard EP-3 aircraft, flew numerous missions in the Western Pacific and Middle East as an Electronic Warfare Mission Commander and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1994. Ron wrote his first book on blues, jazz and soul food shortly after retiring from the Navy and has since practiced real estate in Northern Virginia. His latest book is American Blues, Jazz & Soul Food.

Mission: ABJSF highlights blues, jazz and soul food venues in Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans and Washington DC. A preview of the 2nd Edition, "From White Sandy Beaches to Cotton Fields," celebrates venues in cities such as Clarksdale, Houston, Jackson, Little Rock, Miami, Nashville, Orlando and Raleigh-Durham.

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Image: Leah Chase, Matriarch and Queen of Creole Cuisine | Blues, Jazz ...

Remembering Leah Chase, a New Orleans Treasure. May God Bless and Embrace the Chase Family as they celebrate her life. Found on Google from

Atlanta Road Trip to Super Bowl LIII, Patriots vs Rams | Blues, Jazz and Soul Food

Some of Atlanta’s favorite venues have closed; i.e., Dante’s Down The Hatch, Church Hill Grounds and Gladys Knight Chicken & Waffles. Not to worry, here’s a few suggestions for your Super bowl LII visit:

Atlanta Road Trip to Super Bowl LIII, Patriots vs Rams | Blues, Jazz and Soul Food

If you or family and friends are attending the Super Bowl this weekend (LIII Rams Vs Patriots), please share the following link:

NC food icon 'Mama Dip' passes away :: Out and About at

I had the pleasure of interviewing "Mama Dip" 25 years ago for my first book. After 25 years, her restaurant still is featured in American Blues, Jazz & Soul Food, 2nd Edition. May God Bless her family as they celebrate the life of an American Soul Food icon. One of North Carolina's most beloved chefs and restaurant owners, Mildred Cotton Council aka "Mama Dip," has died.

2018 Distinguished Graduate Awards: RADM Lawrence C. Chambers '52, USN (Ret.)

Honoring an American Hero

The first African-American to command a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, Rear Admiral Chambers is best known for ordering millions of dollars in American helicopt...

Gospel, Blues and Jazz Pioneers: Late Twentieth Century, Harlem Renaissance and Beyond | Blues, Jazz and Soul Food

In honor of those who created a new music more than a century ago and the incredibly gifted artists who came before and after them.

3 Men In An Empty Church Cover Beatles Hit Song. This Rendition Is Like Nothing I've Seen Before

Just shared this with Alex as he prepares to enter the U.S. Naval Academy next week with this note; "always treasure your mother's wisdom, thank God for your Musical Blessings in Piano, Voice and His Many Other Gifts." These guys just turned this already amazing song into a true feast for your ears.

This much we know about the US Navy collision

Prayers for the families who lost their loved ones in this terrible tragedy. A thoughtful and well written article that puts much in perspective. There is -- at this writing -- a lot we do not know about how the destroyer USS Fitzgerald came to collide with a heavily-laden freighter in the waters off Japan in the middle of the night.

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Navy Football: The Brotherhood - 2016 SMU Game, Episode 12

Follow the behind the scenes action of the #19 ranked team in the country's road trip to Dallas, Texas. The AAC West Division Champs scored 11 TD's in…

Naptown Funk

I must be one of the few who have just seen this video. In case any of you have also been a little out of the loop, just sayin and sharin...Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Missing our Midshipman Candidate!!!

It's Saturday, and the Midshipmen have liberty. Let's hit downtown Annapolis. $0 budget. All Midshipmen cast and crew. Which city is next? GI Film Festival -...

American Blues, Jazz & Soul Food

Alex Rudison was presented his nomination award to the Naval Academy Preparatory School on 9 June by Major Joseph Shuler. I wish him fair winds and following seas. Can't wait to see him in Annapolis, Class of 2021.

NAPS Class of 2017 just competed a very challenging 19 Days of INDOC. Very proud of Alex and all of his fellow Midshipman Candidates. They now are off to their well deserved 1st Weekend of Liberty!

NITRO, which marks the end of INDOC, has squads of midshipman candidates competing against each other in three phases – the Nimitz Field phase, the Prichard field phase and the Pit/Amphibious phase. While the most visible focus of each phase was on physical activities such as Tug of War, Wet and Sandy and the pugil sticks, each phase also included a mental challenge put on by the NAPS English, math, chemistry and physics departments.

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[07/04/16]   Congratulations to the Phoenix Rising Class of 2016

Alexander Rudison - SLHS Graduation 2016

Alex Rudison was presented his nomination award to the Naval Academy Preparatory School on 9 June by Major Joseph Shuler. I wish him fair winds and following seas. Can't wait to see him in Annapolis, Class of 2021.

Indie Book Publishing | Live Internet Talk Radio | Best Shows Podcasts

My new book, American Blues, Jazz & Soul Food, 2nd Edition, is now available for purchase in hard cover, soft cover and e-book on Check out my interview that airs: Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time on TogiNet Radio. To listen, click on TogiNet Radio is an Internet talk radio network that streams live web radio programming and provides on-demand podcasts that can be downloaded.

[04/21/16]   Rest in Peace Brother Prince. My most sincere condolescenes to his family, friends and fans worldwide.

The Temptations Silent Night

'Twas the night before Christmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Not even a mouse In my mind, I want you to be free For all of our frie...

The South Lakes HS Combined Men’s Choir performs “Tshotsholoza”

The South Lakes HS Combined Men’s Choir performs the traditional Ndebele folk song “Tshotsholoza” at their Spring Concert on 2 June, 2015. The song originate...

Bohemian Rhapsody, performed by the SLHS Chamber Singers, Alex Rudison on Piano

The South Lakes HS Chamber Singers perform Bohemian Rhapsody by the British Rock Group “Queen,” a 70s Classic, during their Spring Concert on 2 June, 2015. A...

Alex Plays Debussy @ Recital 31 May, 2015

Alex Rudison performs Claude Debussy’s Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum. Recital for students of Concert Pianist Eric Himy, hosted by McLean Baptist Church of McLe...

[05/15/15]   Remembering a Legend, the Late Riley B. King at a Birchmere Music Hall Performance

Alex Rudison - Gradus ad Parnassum

Alex Rudison is an 11th Grader at South Lakes HS, Reston, VA. Interpreted Debussy's Gradus ad Parnassum at a recital on Feb 8, 2015. Presented by the Norther...

[08/11/14]   Memphis can’t wait to roll out the red carpet and extend a hearty “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”

[07/05/13]   Dateline Key West, Offshore Fishing Aboard the Jolly Roger II; 6/29/13

[02/21/13]   The Ray Charles Foundation Surprises Morehouse with a $3 million Gift

[02/01/13]   Dateline New Orleans: Three Favorites for Super Bowl Weekend, Part 3

[01/31/13]   Dateline New Orleans: Three Favorites for Super Bowl Weekend, Part 2

[01/31/13]   Dateline New Orleans: Three Favorites for Super Bowl Weekend, Part 1

The Real 'Red Tails': Life Lessons from A Tuskegee Airman

Last night, I had the honor and privilege of spending a half hour with Mr. Hiram Mann, 91 years young; one of the first "Black Fighter Pilots." I thanked him for his service, he thanked me for mine. Saluting all "Tuskegee Airman," wherever they are. May God continue to Bless and Keep you. Hiram Mann, 90, had to fight to find the work he loved, overcoming tremendous odds. The struggle and the rewards of his 90 years were encapsulated in his first words in our interview: "I was one of the original legendary Tuskegee Airmen."

Saenger: An Evening With B.B. King - January 08 2013

Pensacola, FL residents are in for a treat tonight. The legendary Riley "B.B." King holds court. Throughout the 1990's as well as the 1980's, 1970's, 1960's and 1950's, there has been only one King of the Blues - Riley B. King, affectionately known as B.B. King. Since B.B. started recording in the late 1940's, he has released over 60 albums many of them considered blues classics, like 1965's de...

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival // April 26 - May 5, 2013

New Orleans Jazz Fest. Not too early to make plans. Can't wait to sample a great helping of Blues, Jazz, Gospel Music and Creole Cuisine. The official site for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


Baton Rouge, LA Bluesmen Kenny Acosta and Jonathan “Boogie” Long headline 1st Annual Blues in da Parish Festival on Sat, Oct 20 @ Docville Farm, Violet, Louisiana. Event Schedule

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