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Barbara Dane

"Bessie Smith in Stereo" said jazz critic Leonard Feather in Playboy magazine when Barbara Dane burst onto the scene in the late '50s. Time magazine said of her: "The voice is pure, rich...rare as a 20 karat diamond." To Ebony magazine, she seemed "startlingly blonde, especially when that powerful dusky alto voice begins to moan of trouble, two-timing men and freedom... with stubborn determination, enthusiasm and a basic love for the underdog (she is) making a name for herself...aided and abetted by some of the oldest names in jazz who helped give birth to the blues..." The seven-page Ebony article—their first feature story about a white woman (Nov., l959)— was filled with photos of Dane working with Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Clara Ward, Mama Yancey, Little Brother Montgomery and others

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Archive of Contemporary Music

Read "The Archive of Contemporary Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Lower Manhattan, sits a musical gold mine. It's the motherlode of recorded music though the small, brightly colored sign above a grey steel door provides only a cryptic clue. The dusty window display of rare 78 RPM records, broken into erratic pie charts serves as a vestige of the past and a cautionary tale about ...

Throw It Away...

Label: Dreadnaught Music
Released: 2016

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist Barbara Dane To Release "Throw It Away...," Her First New Recording In 14 Years, On Her Dreadnaught Music Label, August 19

Vocalist Barbara Dane To Release "Throw It Away...," Her First New Recording In 14 Years, On Her Dreadnaught Music Label, August 19

Barbara Dane’s extraordinary life has been distinguished by decades’ worth of collaborations with major artists in jazz, blues, folk, and world music as well as by uncompromising public stands for social justice and civil rights. At 89, the indomitable Oakland-based singer is still active, still performing, and, on her new CD Throw It Away…, in inspired ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ EMERGES

Part 6: The Basses of Our Music

Read "Part 6: The Basses of Our Music" reviewed by William Carter

Listen to bassist Pops Foster with the Luis Russell Orchestra from 1929, playing “Jersey Lightning." Also on this record are New Orleans men Henry “Red" Allen, Albert Nicholas and Paul Barbarin. Virtually all of the New Orleans bass players depicted in this post played in an energetic, percussive style very similar to Foster's:

On My Way

Label: Polygram Distribution
Released: 1962

Livin' With The Blues with Earl Hines and Benny Carter

Label: Polygram Distribution
Released: 1959

Trouble In Mind

Label: Polygram Distribution
Released: 1957


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