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Ma Rainey

“Mother of the Blues” The first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues in her song repertoire, Ma Rainey performed during the first three decades of the twentieth century, enjoying widespread popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Her consistency over her five year recording career and the high quality of her accompanist’s portray her talents as far more worthwhile than those of many blues singers. Gertrude Pridgett was born on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia. Her parents were minstrel show performers, and she went right into the entertainment business since a young age

Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

Read "Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums" reviewed by Chris May

There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Cotton Pickin' Blues

Read "Cotton Pickin' Blues" reviewed by Martin McFie

Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Troels Jensen and The Healers feat. Miriam Mandipira: My Love

Read "My Love" reviewed by Chris Mosey

After studying music in her native Zimbabwe, Miriam Mandipira moved from that unhappy country, first to South Africa, then 10 years ago to Denmark. Here she became a mainstay of the local blues scene. Her influences, she said, were Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith but she sounded more like Aretha Franklin and Randy Crawford and still ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff

Read "The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff 420 Pages ISBN: # 978-1496810021 University Press of Mississippi 2017 In the late 1970s, I began a more academic approach to blues music. In addition to listening to the music, I began ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Wadada Leo Smith At Firehouse 12

Read "Wadada Leo Smith At Firehouse 12" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Wadada Leo Smith Firehouse 12 Create Festival New Haven, Connecticut April 8-9, 2017 It is rare to experience the arc of a prolific artist's work while they are still active, and in the case of Wadada Leo Smith, to witness it at the simultaneous height of creative power ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Read "Steve Miller and Jimmie Vaughan at Jazz at Lincoln Center" reviewed by Nick Catalano

No matter what the style where African-American influences and developments upon the modern music scene have been pervasive--work songs, ragtime, jazz, stride, and boogie-woogie, the most important contribution has been the Blues. The country Blues as heard by pioneers such as Robert Johnson, The City Blues epitomized by Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, Rhythm n' Blues ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Spirit Of Abbey Lincoln Invoked Through Up And Coming Jazz Singer's Theatrical Tribute And New Album Release

Spirit Of Abbey Lincoln Invoked Through Up And Coming Jazz Singer's Theatrical Tribute And New Album Release

For two weekends in March, up and coming jazz singer-songwriter Kosi, accompanied by a four-piece band of world class musicians (Brendon Biagi, Aron Marchak, Christopher Hall, and Isaiah Pierce), will be performing a tribute to recently departed jazz icon Abbey Lincoln at the WOW Cafe Theater in jny: New York City. This tribute, called Ghosts Appearing ...


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