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Big Chief Ellis

Prickly insights and delicate accompaniment were the stock-in-trade of pianist and vocalist Wilbert Thirkield “Big Key” Ellis. A self-taught participant, Ellis performed at home celebrations and dances through the ’20s, after that left his indigenous Alabama. He traveled extensively for quite some time, working mainly in nonmusical careers. Following a …

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Hugh Martin

The songwriting team of composer Hugh Martin and lyricist Ralph Blane earned their greatest renown for Meet up with Me personally in St. Louis, the traditional 1944 Vincente Minnelli film musical that released the perennials “Possess Yourself a Merry Small Xmas” and “The Trolley Tune.” Delivered August 11, 1914, in …

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Sun Ra

Of all jazz music artists, Sun Ra was essentially the most controversial. He didn’t make it possible for people to consider him significantly, for he encircled his ambitious music with outfits and mythology that both appeared backward toward historic Egypt and forwards into research fiction. Furthermore, Ra recorded his music …

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Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra

b. 26 July 1914, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, d. 11 November 1993, NJ, USA. By enough time he started playing trumpet at age 13, Hawkins experienced already perfected drums and trombone. It had been on trumpet, nevertheless, that he founded his name like a flamboyant participant with an amazing range. In …

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Erskine Hawkins

A talented high-note trumpeter and a favorite bandleader, Erskine Hawkins was nicknamed “the 20th Hundred years Gabriel.” He discovered drums and trombone before switching to trumpet when he was 13. While going to the Alabama Condition Teachers University, he became the first choice of the faculty music group, the ‘Bama …

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