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Sathima Bea Benjamin’s A Morning in Paris Available for Download

South African jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin turned 71 last Wednesday, and to celebrate, fans can now download her out-of-print, Duke Ellington-produced 1963 album, A Morning in Paris, online through iTunes and other vendors.

Benjamin, who celebrated her 71st birthday with a performance at New York’s Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club on Wednesday, recorded A Morning in Paris with pianists Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Dollar Brand (later known as Abdullah Ibrahim), her husband. Although the recordings were thought to be lost, A Morning in Paris resurfaced in 1996 when author David Hajdu was given a copy of the session that was secretly made by a recording engineer.

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