The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Inc., in conjunction with South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, and in partnership with the Women’s Guild of South Bound Brook, presented its 15th edition of the award winning “Tory Jack Day” program on February 11, 2017. Eminent historian Mr. Joe Becton spoke on the topic “Evolution of the Blues.”
Joe walked attendees through 300 years in the development of this truly American art form. Joe is fluent in guitar, harmonica and singing on this journey. Joe will visit spirituals, minstrel, ragtime, blues, gospel, and jazz. Audience participation is encouraged as musical styles, historic moments, and social movements are brought together.
Mr. Becton, a retired National Park Service Interpretive Park Ranger, has been recognized with the Community Service award for setting a standard of excellence in interpretation and for his role in connecting Americans to our national parks through wonderful stories and varied media. Mr. Becton now is Director of Becton Tours and Historical Services and most recently has been proclaimed a Certified Master Guide by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides.
Following Mr. Becton’s presentation, the public was invited to tour the historic Abraham Staats House and view an exhibit
“The History of Jazz in Black and White” presented by local historian and Women’s Guild member, Mrs. Joyce Smith.