Workshops/Special Guests

The Stax Music Academy is fortunate to have the support of many well-known musicians, singers, writers, and other music industry professionals.

From day one of classes on June 1, 2000, when famed soul singers Rufus and Carla Thomas performed workshops with our students, SMA has continued the tradition by offering private and public workshops, jam sessions, and special classes with icons such as Steve Cropper of Booker T. & the MGs, members of the Bar-Kays, GRAMMY-nominated singer Lalah Hathaway, GRAMMY-nominated singer Wendy Moten, internationally renowned opera star Kallen Esperian, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut, GRAMMY-winning songwriter Jeffrey Steele GRAMMY-winning bassist Marcus Miller, GRAMMY-nominated gospel singer Smokie Norful, funk icon George Clinton, jazz legend Charles Lloyd, and Stax icons the Temprees, Floyd Newman, songwriter Bettye Crutcher, and Stax keyboardist and bandleader Lester Snell.

Workshops typically include lectures, Q&As, performances, critiques, and more.

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