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Dorothy Donegan - piano More than fifteen years have passed since the flamboyant jazz pianist Dorothy Donegan died. Sadly, few jazz fans, either then or now, are aware of what enormous orchestral capacity she had at the keyboard (1). Dorothy was born in Chicago in 1924. Heeding her mother’s encouragement, she studied classical music at the Chicago Conservatory and the Chicago Music College. At eighteen, she became the first African-American to be asked to perform at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The event created enough interest to lead to some work in a film (Sensations of 1945) (2). At the age of fourteen and studying classical piano she was also beginning her own jazz career, playing for a dollar a night at the city’s South Side bars (1) During a performance at the Hi-Jinx Club one evening, she met up with Art Tatum, who was so impressed with her abilities he became one of her champions

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday

Read "April In My Heart: Celebrating Spring With Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Midway through Jazz Appreciation Month, this broadcast continues the Spring celebration with songs of April plus birthday shoutouts to Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Dorothy Donegan, Andre Previn, Marilyn Maye and Billie Holiday, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by purchasing their music during this time of lockdown. Playlist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald

Read "Yonder Come the Blues - Happy Birthday to Dorothy Donegan, Ma Rainey and Ella Fitzgerald" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of Jazz Appreciation Month includes new releases from vocalist Lauren Henderson and the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, with birthday shout-outs to pianist Dorothy Donegan (pictured), Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey and legendary vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Thanks for your continued support and please support these artists and their music. Playlist Dorothy ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie

Read "Salutes to Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald and Blossom Dearie" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Winding up Jazz Appreciation Month with special birthday shout outs to the Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, pianist Dorothy Donegan, vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Streisand and Blossom Dearie, among others, with new concept recordings from Nancy Kelly (a tribute to Mark Murphy) , Christina Morrison (duets with five other women vocalists) and Ellynne Rey (a ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Nora Sheehan Schaaf

Read "Meet Nora Sheehan Schaaf" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Before we jump into November's column, we'd like to know: Are YOU a jazz super fan? If you are and you'd like to be featured in an upcoming column, click here and send us a message! Nora Sheehan Schaaf, along with her husband, Homer, has been going out to hear live jazz ...

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News: Event

The Great Migration Centennial Tribute To The Musicians Of Captain Walter H. Dyett on July 23

The Great Migration Centennial Tribute To The Musicians Of Captain Walter H. Dyett on July 23

The Great Migration Centennial Tribute July 23, 2016 • VIP Reception 7-8PM & Concert 8-11PM DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, jny: Chicago The Great Migration, A “Centennial Tribute" To the Illustrious career of Captain Walter H. Dyett, a true pioneer and mentor to over 20,000 Chicago musicians. ...

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Dorothy Donegan Live at the King of France Tavern

Label: Lisem Enterprises, Inc.
Released: 2015

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News: Recording

Release Of Previously Unknown Live Performance By Dorothy Donegan

Release Of Previously Unknown Live Performance By Dorothy Donegan

The music on this CD Dorothy Donegan Live at the King of France Tavern, is being released for the very first time. It was recorded live at the King Of France Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland in 1978. Bassist Bill Nelson and drummer Bill Reichenbach, two sidemen who were well aware that they had to be very ...

Album

Strength, Energy, Imagination

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: CD1: Rosetta; Medley – When I Fall In Love, The Way We Were; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Medley – Pennies From Heaven, You‘re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You; Medley – Out Of Nowhere, Sweet Lorraine, Send In The Clowns; Take The A Train; Medley – You Are So Beautiful, Edmund Thigpen’s Gospel; Satin Doll. CD2: I Just Want To Sing; You Are The Sunshine Of My Life; Donegan's Blues; Lift Every Voice And Sing; Dorothy Runs Away; Willow Weep For Me; Minuet In G; If I Loved You; Stop The World.

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Article: Album Review

Dorothy Donegan: Strength, Energy, Imagination

Read "Strength, Energy, Imagination" reviewed by Chris Mosey


With this double album, Storyville Records--surely the greatest Danish invention since pastry--tells the story of a legend that never was. Dorothy Donegan, born in Chicago in 1924, trained as a classical pianist before switching to jazz and being hailed as “the female Art Tatum." She made her recording debut when ...


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