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Sat, 28.03.2020

Donald Glover born

*Donald Glover was born on this date in 1983.  He is an African American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, musician, and DJ. He performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino and as a DJ under the name mcDJ. Donald McKinley Glover Jr. was born at Edwards Air Force Base, California and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly Smith, […]

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Fri, 27.03.2020

Lee Morgan, trumpeter born

*Lee Morgan was born on this date in 1938.  He was an African American jazz trumpeter and composer.     Edward Lee Morgan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the youngest of Otto Ricardo and Nettie Beatrice Morgan’s four children.  Originally interested in the vibraphone, he soon showed a growing enthusiasm for the trumpet. Morgan also knew how to play the alto saxophone. On his […]

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Fri, 27.03.2020

Kenny Dorham born

*On this date in 1924, “Kenny” Dorham was born.  He was an African American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and composer.   McKinley Howard “Kenny” Dorham was born in Fairfield, TX.  He began playing trumpet in high school, attended Wiley College (Marshall, Texas), and was on a U.S. Army boxing team in 1942.  Dorham was one of the most active bebop trumpeters ever. He played in the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Billy […]

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Fri, 27.03.2020

Mercer Ellington born

*Mercer Ellington was born on this date in 1919.  He was an African American musician, composer, and arranger.  Mercer Kennedy Ellington was born in Washington, D.C.   He was the only child of the composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington and Edna Thompson.  He grew up primarily in Harlem from the age of eight.  Ellington attended New College for the Education of Teachers at Columbia University, New York […]

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Wed, 25.03.2020

Anton Armstrong, Choral Conductor born

*Anton Armstrong was born on this date in 1956.  He is an African American choral music professor and choral conductor.   Anton Eugene Armstrong was born in New York City to William Benfield Armstrong and Esther Louise Holder William was born in Antigua, and Esther was born in New York City to Herbert Henry Holder and Leander Hassell both […]

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Mon, 16.03.2020

Turner Layton, Pianist born

*Turner Layton was born on this date in 1894.  He was an African American songwriter, singer and pianist.   Born John Turner Layton, Jr., in Washington, D.C., he was the son of John Turner Layton, “a bass singer, music educator and hymn composer.” After receiving a musical education from his father, he attended the Howard University Dental School, later coming to New York City in […]

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Mon, 16.03.2020

George Russell, Jazz Emissary born

*On this date in 1923, George Russell was born.  He was an African American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and theorist. George Allen Russell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to a white father and a Black mother, later the adopted only child of a nurse and a chef on the B & O Railroad, Bessie and Joseph Russell. Young Russell sang in the […]

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Mon, 16.03.2020

Joe Williams, singer born

*Joe Williams was born on this date in 1918.  He was an African American jazz singer with big bands and with his combos and sometimes worked as an actor.   Born Joseph Goreed, he was from Cordele, Georgia, the son of Willie Goreed and Anne Beatrice Gilbert.  When he was about three, his mother and grandmother took him to Chicago.  He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where […]

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Mon, 16.03.2020

Chico Hamilton, Bandleader born

*Chico Hamilton was born on this date in 1921, he was an African American jazz drummer and bandleader.   From Los Angeles, CA, born Forestorn Hamilton, his father, Jesse, His father was African American and Scottish and worked at the University Club of Southern California, and his mother, Pearl Lee Gonzales Cooley Hamilton, was a school dietitian she […]

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Fri, 13.03.2020

Chuck Willis born

*On this date in 1926, Chuck Willis was born.  He was an African American blues, rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer and songwriter. Harold “Chuck” Willis was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1926.  He was spotted at a talent contest by Atlanta radio disc jockey Zenas Sears, who became his manager and helped him to sign with Columbia Records in 1951.  After one single, Willis began recording on a Columbia […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

Slaves are said to have worked hard & long on this island Sunup to sundown & beyond Sundays & Christmas off Two clothes a year are memories bestowed to old... ST. HELENA ISLAND by Tom Dent.
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