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Music: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Posted by on Oct 12, 2011 in Featured, General, Music | Comments Off on Music: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Take the blues quality of African music. Play it on instruments mostly invented in Europe. Filter it through the African-American...

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Music: Billboard Milestones

Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Music | Comments Off on Music: Billboard Milestones

No explanation needed here, except to say that these accomplishments relate to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, created in 1958, and the...

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Americana: The Apollo Theater

Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Americana | Comments Off on Americana: The Apollo Theater

In 1914, a new building was constructed on 125th Street in the Harlem section of New York City. Named “Hurtig and Seaman’s New...

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Song: "Mack the Knife"

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "Mack the Knife"

It’s Bobby Darin’s signature recording that we recognize as a Great American Thing. “Mack the Knife” is a song from...

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Travel: Beale Street, Memphis

Posted by on Jan 21, 2010 in Travel | Comments Off on Travel: Beale Street, Memphis

You can eat ribs on Beale Street. You can shoot pool on Beale Street. You can definitely see and be seen on Beale Street. But most of all,...

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Singer: Louis Armstrong

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Music, Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Louis Armstrong

Nicknamed “Satchmo,” Louis Armstrong was a crossover artist before people knew such a thing existed. It’s probably a...

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