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Peetie Wheatstraw

Peetie Wheatstraw was the name adopted by vocalist William Number, taking it from Dark American folklore. Based on writer Ralph Ellison, who used the Wheatstraw star to model individuals in his books Invisible Guy and Juneteenth, “Peetie Wheatstraw” was the wicked half a twin character whose problem was invoked in …

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Joe Smith

b. 28 June 1902, Ripley, Ohio, USA, d. 2 Dec 1937. Along with his dad, six brothers along with a cousin all playing trumpet, it really is hardly astonishing that Smith also performed the device. By his past due teenagers, Smith was playing in NY, where he became a huge …

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Joe “Fox” Smith

Joe “Fox” Smith had among the prettiest shades & most lyrical varieties of any jazz soloist within the 1920s, and he was Bessie Smith’s favourite sideman. The majority of Smith’s family members performed trumpet, including his dad, Luke Smith, Sr. (who led a brass music group) and his six brothers; …

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