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Billie and the Blessed Child

Billie Holiday recorded what was almost her last hit song, “God Bless the Child," on this date in 1941,with the Eddie Heywood Orchestra featuring Roy Eldridge on trumpet. Shortly before this session, she had co-written this tune with Arthur Herzog, Jr., asongwriter with whom she sometimes collaborated. In her autobiography, LadySings the Blues, Holiday claims that the song stemmed from ...

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A Treasure Trove of Jazz from Norman Granz

Norman Granz was the producer of the famous Jazz at the Philharmonic concert series, a constantly changing all-star jazz band that toured the United States and Europe from 1945 to 1959 and at one time or another included just about every significant jazz artist of the day. He was also a record producer and founder of Verve Records,among other ...

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Ellis Marsalis Live in San Francisco

Ellis Marsalis Live in San Francisco

Ellis Marsalis is the patriarch of one of the most prominent jazz families in America. He has played piano and taught jazz in his native New Orleans for decades, but it is only since his more famous sons, particularly Wynton and Branford, have come to prominence that he has started to gain some well-deserved recognition. (Marsalis ...

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Art Blakey in Paris, 1959

Art Blakey in Paris, 1959

Drummer Art Blakey had a knack for attracting the best young talent to his ever-changing groups,collectively known as The Jazz Messengers. Over the 1950s, 1960s, and beyond,this was a proving ground for musicians to show their stuff. Blakey was often the biggest cheerleader as well as the one setting a perfect backbeat to showcase his soloists.

This brief (51-minute) ...

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