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Tampa Red

One of the most popular artists of the 20s, 30s and 40s, Tampa red was probably the all-time best-selling Georgia bluesman. He may well have been the most influential bottleneck stylist in blues. He perfected the single-string slide attack and smooth bottleneck tones mimicked by a number of Georgians and later post-war artists. Tampa Red became known during the 1920s and ‘30s as "The Guitar Wizard," the musician developing a unique slide-guitar style that was picked up and expanded upon by Robert Nighthawk, Chuck Berry, and Duane Allman, among other followers. Born in Smithville, Georgia in 1904 as Hudson Whitaker, he earned the nickname "Tampa Red" for his bright red hair and upbringing in Florida. Whitaker moved to Chicago in the mid-1920s and teamed up with pianist "Georgia" Tom Dorsey as "The Hokum Boys." Both musicians had previously played together in singer Ma Rainey's vaudeville band

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott: A Stranger Here

Read "A Stranger Here" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Few living artists can claim to have been mentor and model to Bob Dylan, but the man Dylan described as the King of folk singers-- Ramblin' Jack Elliott--has influenced a host of singers and story tellers from Johnny Cash and Ry Cooder to Tom Waits. Now in his sixth recording decade, Elliott returns in great voice ...

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30th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland

Read "30th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland" reviewed by Matt Marshall

30th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio April 23-May 3, 2009 Now in its 30th year, the Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland has always prided itself as much on its educational offerings as its concerts. The festival's Web site touts it as “the largest educational jazz festival in the country." This emphasis on ...

She Want To Sell My Monkey / Mean And Evil Woman

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1942

That Don't Matter Now / Grouchy Hearted Woman

Label: Unknown label
Released: 1938


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