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Bo Diddley is recognized as one of the first and most influential rock guitarist and musicians. He was born in Pike County, Mississippi, on December 20, 1928. His birth name was Otha Ellas Bates. In 1934 his mother sent him to live with his cousin, Guisse McDaniel in Chicago. Later Otha changed his name to Ellas McDaniel Diddley. At the age of ten he became very interested in music. He began studying the violin and guitar at Foster High School . Bo was very active as a teenager and even took boxing lessons. He played violin for the Ebenezer Baptist Church Orchestra. Diddley played songs on street corners with his friend Jerome Green, and Diddley worked construction for extra money. By October, 1954, Bo had a group

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News: Obituary

Margie Evans, Iconic And Sophisticated Queen Of The Blues, Dies At 81

Margie Evans, Iconic And Sophisticated Queen Of The Blues, Dies At 81

Margie Evans, a legendary, international Blues and Gospel entertainer, songwriter, music producer, actress, music historian, community activist and motivational spokeswoman, who broke barriers for African American female Blues performers with poise, dignity and sophistication, died on March 19, 2021. In addition to her musicianship, Evans is noted as an activist for parity in music education as ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Fall 2020

Read "Fall 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Heathcote Hill “the stories we are told" 311 Music 2020 Roots-music artists too often sacrifice ...

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Article: Live Review

Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2

Read "Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival 2020, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival Sentralen Oslo, Norway November 24-December 1, 2020 November 24 Silje Nergaard Silje Nergaard is one of the new breed of jazz singers who writes most of her material--rather than singing jazz standards and songs from the ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From The New Adelphi Club: Morcheeba, Rev Magnetic, Amy LaVere, Will Sexton & Eugene Ripper

Read "Live From The New Adelphi Club: Morcheeba, Rev Magnetic, Amy LaVere, Will Sexton & Eugene Ripper" reviewed by Martin Longley


Morcheeba The New Adelphi Club Hull, England January 29, 2020 As part of Independent Venue Week, the Adelphi presented a few shows from higher profile acts, clustered into a week of condensed action. Morcheeba, the prime trip-hop band who have another period of increased (rescheduled) touring activity looming, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands

Read "Our Favorite Things: Jazz Greetings from Military Service Bands" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 US Army Blues: Swinging in the Holidays (2017) Swinging in the Holidays does so much more than swing. “Five-Sided Dreidel" sings in the traditional “Dreidel" melody until saxophones unravel it like unwrapping Christmas package ribbon and then hand what's left to the ...

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Article: Album Review

Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson: Amour

Read "Amour" reviewed by Doug Collette


On Amour, Colin Linden (of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) and Luther Dickinson (from North Mississippi Allstars) offer a collaborative paean to romantic love that is not entirely sentimental. Even on such an otherwise earnest effort, there is an inherent danger that might come across as campy, but the two guitarists/vocalists demonstrate an abiding loyalty to ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Confessin' The Blues

Read "Confessin' The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette


If it weren't so scrupulously annotated (at least up to a point) or attractively designed, this title might be flippantly described as “The Greatest Hits of the Blues." As is, it is the third in a roots revival series of sorts. Confessin' The Blues follows Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin' Music, 2018), where a Windy city ...

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Article: Film Review

Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Uncut

Read "Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Uncut" reviewed by Doug Collette


Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut Eagle Vision 2018 If there's anything better than issuing a previously-unreleased recording of some kind, it's putting out a fully-restored piece once available only in part. As indicated by its title, the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut represents the full and complete performance, in proper running ...

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Article: Interview

Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity

Read "Julian Priester: Reflections in Positivity" reviewed by Paul Rauch


My task for the day was to interview legendary trombonist/composer, and jazz icon, Julian Priester. We had met a few times over my 35 years of frequenting the jazz scene in Seattle, coinciding with Priester's years teaching at the esteemed Cornish College of the Arts. In anticipation, I had spent nearly two months preparing, reacquainting myself ...


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