In the jazz genome, the blues is essential.
Louis Armstrong administered his blues while performing open heart surgery on the whole world.
Miles Davis wove his kind of blues-isms amid the dark arteries and shadowy intersections of postmodern life.
Billie and De De Pierce? I just came to their house; they came to mine. Their house is your house.
De De Pierce And Billie Pierce.
De De sings.
De De Pierce before going home.
Billie Pierce at Home.
Sonny Terry, San Francisco, c. 1960
Manny Sayles, New Orleans, c. 1986
Mama Yancey, San Francisco, c. 1960.
Louis Armstrong, Ithaca, New York, 1962
Jimmy Rushing, San Francisco, c. 1960.
Carol Leigh, San Francisco, c. 1960.
Unknown bluesman, Berkeley, California c. 1960
Mance Lipscomb, Oakland, California c. 1960
"De De Pierce And Billie Pierce" by unknown photographer
"De De sings" by Marty Kaelin
"Billie Plays" by Charles Stroud
Remaining photos William Carter