"...high flyin’ acoustic guitar work.. Short finger picks and sings like Blind Willie McTell-meets-Tommy Johnson."

Art Tipaldi - BostonBlues.com


Big-Jon-Short-websiteArmed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music.Based in the Northeast US, he travels and performs between 150-200 shows per year in BBQ joints, blues rooms and festivals from Massachusetts to Mississippi. With performing experience in fifteen states and five countries over the last ten years he has been able to perform at some of the best known venues for Blues music and for more than two years he held a residency at the famed Terra Blues in NYC – all while continuing his work as a public school teacher, running Blues in Schools programs and workshops. In 2010 he was awarded the Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship for his work as a Blues performer and educator and he is currently supporting his most recent live recording of One-man band/Country Blues “Live at The Stomping Ground”.


Blues In Schools

Click here to read The Boston Globe’s “Giving the kids the blues in Worcester” – Hands-on program offers students a musical history lesson by Scott McLennan.

Photo credit: ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBEJon Short played the guitar and sang during a “Blues in the Schools” 5th grade class held at the City View School  in Worcester.
Drawing upon over a decade of working in public schools, Big Jon Short also provides assemblies, workshops, lectures and professional development on the history, development and importance of blues music in American culture to students and K-12 educators. Holding a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and Orff Level III certification he is able to incorporate state frameworks into presentations and workshops that address learning standards across the curriculum.

Available for artist residency and after school programs his “Blues in Schools” programs have served as enrichment in the arts and academic curriculum. Using large and small group activities his programs range from single 45-60min presentations to ongoing workshops that can provide instruction in singing, dance, songwriting and instrument lessons for individual, group and ensembles (guitar, harmonica, piano, bass, drums, Orff instruments).

With twelve years of experience as a classroom teacher, after-school and athletics onsite coordinator he has been able to provide in-school and after school programs for groups ranging between 5 and 95 students at a time and professional development programs for educators in multiple school districts, pediatric care facilities and YMCAs between Central MA and Downstate NY.

Recent partnerships include two multiple NAMM Grant Recipients: Raising The Blues, Ltd and Guitars In The Classroom with his inaugural GITC program sponsored by Martin Guitars, D’Addario Strings, Dunlop capos and Intelli-Touch Tuners.

Click here to read the article in the Boston Globe – “Giving the kids the blues in Worcester” by Scott McClennan

“John Henry” with WPS Students at Mechanics Hall


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