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Red McKenzie

Crimson McKenzie was virtually jazz’s just comb participant, putting tissue paper on the comb and building sounds about his “instrument” much like a kazoo. McKenzie was quite effective playing his “ax,” frequently way more than when he sang sentimental ballads. In 1924, he shaped the Mound Town Blue Blowers, a …

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Helen Traubel

Helen Traubel emerged simply because a major skill when she shouldered a lot of the Wagnerian heroic soprano jobs on the Metropolitan Opera when Kirsten Flagstad as well as other European-based singers became unavailable in the first 1940s. But her rise to popularity had not been predicated just on having …

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