Being headquartered in Chicago, AIPA is proud to recognize the city's musical heritage and to show the world the excitement iconic Chicago Blues brings.
Chicago Blues took the basic acoustic guitar and harmonica based Delta Blues, made the harmonica louder with a microphone, and added amplified guitar/bass guitar, drums, piano and sometimes saxophone and trumpet. It has a more extended palette of notes than the standard six-note blues scale. Often, notes from the major scale and dominant 9th chords are added, which gives the music a more of a "jazz feel" while still remaining in the confines of the blues genre.
Originally, Chicago Blues was street corner based music, developed in the first half of the 20th century as a result of black workers moving from the South into the industrial cities of the North such as Chicago.
AIPA is launching a collaboration with Bob Hecko, owner of the famous "B.L.U.E.S." club, to record and broadcast live from his venue in the heart of Chicago. Moreover, AIPA will send the best of his artists on tour to promote Chicago and its iconic music around the globe.