Little Joe McLerran

 

In 2013, Tulsa-based bluesman Little Joe McLerran  received the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame's Legacy Tribute Award, presented annually an up-and-coming jazz artist from Oklahoma. Over the past few years, McLerran has made a significant impact not only on the area blues scene, but also across the country and even the world, playing major festivals and touring the Middle East under the auspices of the State Department. 

McLerran has been playing the guitar and singing his piedmont blues since he was eight years old, winning his first International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2009 at age 25. Since winning the IBC title, Little Joe has played festivals, concerts and clubs, touring the United States and abroad. As part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad—hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Education and Cultural Affairs Bureaus—Little Joe and his band embarked on a month-long tour around the Persian Gulf. As the first Americans to ever play a public concert in Riyadh, Little Joe and his band played the blues for the capitol city of Saudi Arabia. Little Joes has toured on four continents, adding South America to his list as the musical ambassador to Paraguay.