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Eubie Blake at the 1977 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival aboard the S. S. President

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One of my great regrets is not having the opportunity to hear Eubie Blake in person. The closest I ever came was when he appeared at the Palm Beach Jazz Festival during the late 1970s; I had tickets to see classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz in Miami Beach on the very same day. My mother said something like “He's getting up in years so he'll probably play a token performance." In a newspaper review of his set the very next day, ...