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Herb Jeffries

Although not just a jazz singer, Herb Jeffries was the last surviving person in the 1940 Duke Ellington Orchestra and an excellent interpreter of swing tracks and ballads. He performed with Erskine Tate in the first ’30s, Earl Hines (1931-1934), and Blanche Calloway, before getting the first dark cowboy professional …

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