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Viola Wells

b. 14 Dec 1902, Newark, NJ, USA, d. 22 Dec 1984, NEW YORK, USA. Touring the TOBA circuit like a traditional blues vocalist in the 30s Wells fulfilled and wedded guitarist Harold Underhill. She was a much-admired jazz and blues vocalist in her day time, winning considerable respect, and envy, …

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Joe Tarto

A collector’s album within the 1980s humorously billed Joe Tarto as “Titan from the Tuba.” Although Tarto was usually the least-known musician on lots of the recordings he made an appearance on within the 1920s, his fellow music artists certainly known his abilities. Tarto performed trombone when he was 12 …

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Viola Gertrude Wells

While Herman Lubinsky’s Savoy label is remembered for having recorded such bebop giants as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie at their top, the Newark, NJ-based company also recorded several hometown music artists in the 1940s, one of these being Viola “Miss Rhapsody” Wells. Wells’ initial gig was on the Minis …

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