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Roosevelt Sykes

Roosevelt Sykes was one of the greatest blues pianists of all time. In a recording career that extended over five decades, Sykes displays a mastery of performing styles from barrelhouse to stride piano, from St. Louis boogie woogie to New Orleans blues. Considered by musicians and music historians as the father of the modern blues piano style, Roosevelt Sykes possessed a beautiful voice and a unique keyboard style that was often imitated by other blues pianists, and he was the mentor for Memphis Slim. During the 1930s, he performed with sidemen ranging from jazz drummer "Big" Sid Catlett to slide guitarist James "Kokmo" Arnold

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Charles Lloyd at SFJAZZ

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Charles Lloyd SFJAZZ jny: San Francisco, CA April 24-26, 2015 Even in the idiosyncratic world of jazz, Charles Lloyd stands apart. Born in jny: Memphis in 1938, Lloyd is a master of the tenor saxophone and flute. His ethnic mix--Irish, Cherokee, African, and Mongolian--mirrors the vast number of musical styles he ...

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Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz

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Since its foundation during the European revivalist movement of the early 1950s, Copenhagen-based Storyville Records has grown into a major repository of New Orleans, big band and mainstream recordings. With something approaching 600 releases in its back catalogue, the label is a treasure trove of jazz that swings. Founded in 1952 by Danish jazz ...

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Floyd McDaniel with Dave Specter & the Bluebirds: West Side Baby

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Floyd McDaniel moved to Chicago with his family when he was fifteen, in 1930. He joined a washboard band called the Rhythm Rascals in 1933 and in the following decade he was a member of a jump blues combo called the Five Blazes, which recorded for the Aristocrat label in 1947. This live performance was recorded ...

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It Ain't Over! Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago

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Various Artists It Ain't Over! Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago Delmark Records 2009 Recorded live in Chicago at guitarist/vocalist Buddy Guy's Legends on March 7, 2008, It Ain't Over! is a celebration of Delmark Records' 55th year in the record business. ...

Nasty But It's Clean

Label: Catfish Records (UK)
Released: 2000
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Roosevelt Sykes: Nasty But It's Clean

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The Honeydripper, Willie Kelly, Easy Papa Johnson, and Dobby Bragg- just a few of the aliases ascribed to one Roosevelt Sykes, the prodigal juke joint pianist. Sykes was one of the few stylists whose successfully straddled the decades. From his beginnings in the 1920s and he continued to wax records into the 60s after his relocation ...

The Meek Roosevelt Sykes

Label: Riverside Records
Released: 1976


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