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Mon, 07.10.2019

The Clef Club (NYC) opens!

*On November 10, 1909 we celebrate the Clef Club of New York City, Inc., founded in New York by James Reese Europe and his associates.   They were a fraternal and professional organization for the advancement of African American musicians and entertainers.  The Clef Club was a popular entertainment venue and society in Harlem, achieving its largest success in the 1910s. […]

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Wed, 02.10.2019

Jesseye Norman, Vocalist born

*Jessye Norman was born on this date in 1945.  She was an African American opera singer (soprano) and recitalist.   Jessye Mae Norman was from Augusta, Georgia; the daughter of Silas Norman, an insurance salesman, and Janie King-Norman, a schoolteacher.  She was one of five children in a family of amateur musicians; her mother and grandmother were both pianists, and her father sang […]

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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 Hussle was 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 of Los Angeles with his brother Samiel and his sister Samantha.  At the age of 14, he left […]

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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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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

What happens when an old black man, Toothless and raggedy, Walks into a bank, catches Some young, white, middle-manager's ear With a slurred tale of coins Hoarded from his wife and kids (Who would only... THRIFT by Cornelius Eady
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