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Published Date: 5/22/2015
Duke Ellington, who died May 24, 1974, is one of the best known figures in jazz history. But did you know he was a movie star, too?
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Published Date: 4/25/2015
Ella Fitzgerald's voice spanned three octaves, and her popularity was even more wide-ranging. She spent nearly 60 years as a recording artist, releasing more than 70 albums and picking up 14 Grammy awards in the process. She was twice-honored by US presidents, and over...
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Published Date: 4/21/2015
Nina Simone was one of the great jazz vocalists of the 20th century, but jazz was far from all she sang. A pianist as well as a singer, she covered a wide range of styles and included gospel, blues, folk and even classical, and her version of George Gershwin's "I Loves...
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Published Date: 4/19/2015
You might know Keith Edward Elam better as Guru, a rapper and producer who was a member of Gang Star along with partner DJ Premier. The two were highly influential in the East Coast hip-hop scene and released singles including "Words I Manifest" and "Jazz Thing." We...
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Published Date: 4/3/2015
Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan won her way to fame through a talent show at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. She landed a spot opening for Ella Fitzgerald in 1943 and quickly rose to fame, thanks to her singular, unforgettable voice. She has been called one...
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Published Date: 4/1/2015
Billie Holiday was born on this day in 1915. In her honor, we revisit one of the sadder stories in the annals of American pop music...
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