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February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In Person: An Afternoon of Music with Roger Mason
Books & Books presents…
An Afternoon of Music with Roger Mason
Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune: Love Songs from Cajun and Creole Louisiana
Sunday, February 11th, 4:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an in-person afternoon of music with Roger Mason for his book: Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune: Love Songs from Cajun and Creole Louisiana.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the day of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune: Love Songs from Cajun and Creole Louisiana by Roger Mason, Alan Lomax (preface) and Yves Gros (illustrations).
“Jolie Blonde et Aimable Brune stands out as an original, insightful and historical view of the musical heritage of the original Louisiana French Acadian descendants and their neighbors. Mason’s astute annotations in French and English are magnificently complemented by the sensuous illustrations by Yves Gros. This book is sure to provoke a truly must-have fever for all history buffs and Cajun music enthusiasts.”
-Michael DOUCET, Cajun Musician, Historian, and Composer
About the Author:
Roger Mason is an American who lived as an expat in France for 32 years. There he had a successful career as a singer and performer, recording seven LP’s and writing three books. Mason returned to the United States in 1996 to finish his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Miami. He worked as choir director and music teacher at Saint Theresa School, Coral Gables for 24 years before his retirement in 2020. An amateur folklorist, Mason’s field recordings of Louisiana Cajun and Creole music are the basis for the bilingual book, Jolie Blonde and Aimable Brune, with a preface by the well-known ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. In 2023, Mason released a CD called Cajun Grass, accompanied by the French bluegrass group The String Fellows. Mason currently lives in South Miami with his wife Andrea. They have two sons and six grandchildren.