Julius Hemphill 1984

Julius Hemphill: Greater Harmony

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Jim Keltner

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Jim Keltner is, in two words, a legend, since the 1960s one of America’s most in-demand session drummers, lending not only impeccable chops …

Billie Holiday in 1947

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In Lee Daniels’ film The United States vs. Billie Holiday, the words “Earle Theater, Philadelphia, May 27, 1947” flash onscreen, and one sees a row …


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2018 Newport Jazz Festival audience

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Catherine Russell at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival

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