Buddy Guy to be featured in Leadbelly Tribute Concert in Carnegie Hall

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherhttp://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/lead-belly-tribute-concert-carnegie-hall/?ref=music One of the things I am most proud of (from my time at LSU (2009-2014) was authoring the large document that requested awarding an honorary doctorate to blues legend Buddy Guy: I would like to nominate George “Buddy” Guy for a long-overdue honorary Doctorate from the LSU School of Music within the College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Having recently become aware that this internationally renowned and influential musician once served as an LSU employee, it seems only fitting that he be honored at the May 2013 commencement ceremony. Having worked in what eventually became known as the Office of Facility Services from 1955-57, Mr. Guy went on to become a six-time Grammy Award winning blues guitarist, influencing generations of musicians. He is just the type of distinguished musician that the School of Music would be proud to award with this high academic honor. Born to a sharecropper family in Lettsworth, La., Buddy Guy worked at LSU during a period that he would not have been allowed to attend the university as a student due to legalized racial segregation at that time. Yet, he has fond memories of his time as an employee, even saying in an interview that when he left in 1958 to pursue a musical career in Chicago, his supervisor told him that he would always have a job here if his musical career didn’t pan out. But, “pan out” it did as Mr. Guy quickly established himself as one of Chicago’s greatest bluesmen and a hero to multiple generations of guitarists such as Eric Clapton, who inducted Guy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 along with B.B. King, to John Mayer. Guy has earned multiple honors throughout his decades in music. In 2008, he was named to the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. In December 2012, he received the Kennedy Center honor along with Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, Emmy Award winner David Letterman, and the iconic musical group Led Zepplin.
Blues great Buddy Guy, left, reacts as he is given a LSU-themed guitar from LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, right, during LSU's spring commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Guy, who worked for LSU's facility services department from 1955 to 1958, was awarded a honorary doctorate degree for his musical career. (Photo by Brianna Paciorka, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
Blues great Buddy Guy, left, reacts as he is given a LSU-themed guitar from LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, right, during LSU's spring commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Guy, who worked for LSU's facility services department from 1955 to 1958, was awarded a honorary doctorate degree for his musical career. (Photo by Brianna Paciorka, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
Laurence Kaptain

About Laurence Kaptain

The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. Mission Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions. Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice. Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation, Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.