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Sun, 18.08.2019

David Bartholomew, Music Icon born

*David Bartholomew was born on this date in 1918.  He was an African American musician, bandleader, composer, arranger and record producer. He was prominent in the music of New Orleans throughout the second half of the 20th century.  David Louis Bartholomew was born in Edgard, Louisiana, to Mary and Louis Bartholomew. He learned to play his father’s preferred instrument, the tuba and then took up the trumpet, taught […]

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Sun, 11.08.2019

The Harlem Cultural Festival held

*On this date in 1969 the first performance played at the Harlem Cultural Festival.  Also known as Black Woodstock, this was a series of music concerts that took place in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City.  The concerts celebrated African American music and culture and promoted the continued politics of black pride. Some of the artist included Nina Simone, B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Chuck Jackson, Abbey Lincoln & Max […]

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Fri, 31.05.2019

Admiration (my parents) Dr. Anton Armstrong

Music Professor and Choral Conductor Dr. Anton Armstrong recalls and admires the impact of his parents on his humanity

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Fri, 17.05.2019

Crenshaw’s Son, Nipsey Hustle born

*Nipsey Husslewas born on this date in 1985.  He was an African American rapper, entrepreneur and community activist.  Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, he was the son of Angelique Smith, an African American woman, and Dawit Asghedom, an Eritrean immigrant, He was raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood ofLos Angeles with his brother Samiel and his sister Samantha.  At the age of 14, he left home and […]

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Mon, 08.04.2019

George T. Walker, Classical Music Icon born

*George T. Walker was born on this date in 1922. He was an African American classical composer, pianist, organist and educator.  George Theophilus Walker was born in Washington, D.C. His father emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica to the United States, where he became a physician after graduating from Temple University School of Medicine.  His mother, Rosa King, supervised her son’s first piano lessons when he was five […]

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Fri, 29.03.2019

Jazz ambasador Joe Zawinul born

*Joe Zawinul was born on this date in 1932.  He was a white Austrian musician and composer who was active in contemporary African American jazz music’s intersectionality with the world.   Josef Erich Zawinulwas born in Vienna, Austria.  Classically trained at the Vienna Conservatoire, Zawinul played in broadcast and studio bands in Europe.   Zawinul, stood at the bridge of […]

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Sun, 17.03.2019

Donald Shirley, pianist and composer born

*Donald Shirley was born on this date in 1927.  He was an African American classical and jazz pianist and composer.   Donald Walbridge Shirley was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Jamaican immigrant parents, Stella Gertrude, a teacher, and Edwin S. Shirley, an Episcopal priest.  Young Shirley started to learn piano when he was two years old. He briefly enrolled at Virginia State University and Prairie View […]

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Fri, 08.03.2019

Favorite Career Singing Moments (stage & studio), Gwen Matthews

Gwen Matthews, singer, voice teacher, composer and more, shares two of her favorite career moments in music

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Sun, 10.02.2019

Wayne Shorter, Jazz Reed Man born

*Wayne Shorter was born on this date in 1933.  He is an African American jazz saxophonist and composer.   Wayne Shorter was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended Newark Arts High School, he graduated in 1952. He loved music, being encouraged by his father to take up the clarinet as a teenager; his older brother Alan played alto saxophone before switching to the trumpet in college. […]

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Mon, 03.12.2018

Dvorak’s “From The New World” debuts

*On this date in 1893, the renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák debuted the performance of his most famous symphony, This classic recognized the significance of American Negro spirituals and their contributions to the culture of the United States.  Dvořák came to America at the invitation of music patron and entrepreneur Jeanette Meyers Thurber in 1892. […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

This is an African worm but then a worm in any land is still a worm. It will not stride, run, stand up before butterflies, who have passed their worm-like... THIS IS AN AFRICAN WORM by Margaret Danner.
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