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Tag Archives: Jazz

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Bessie Smith : musicians

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of “The Empress of the Blues.” Even on her first records in 1923, her... more.

February 21, 2013

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Henry Butler : musicians

Butler is a local legend in New Orleans, but rarely tours other parts of the country; most any time of the year he can be found playing in one of New Orleans’ famous night spots. What makes him great... more.

February 21, 2013

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Valerie Capers : musicians

Although her 1995 Columbia recording Come on Home was released in a Legendary Pioneers of Jazz series, Valerie Capers is much too obscure and under-recorded to be a legend, and not old enough to be a pioneer. She picked... more.

February 21, 2013

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Duke Ellington : musicians

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used... more.

February 21, 2013

Blue Bossa – Valerie Capers : music

January 11, 2013

Blood Count – Valerie Capers : music

January 11, 2013

Arrival – Valerie Capers : music

January 11, 2013