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Flamenco

There are very few examples of art forms which combine extremes in such a compelling way: joy and grief, life and death, discipline and spontaneity, the inner self and the gregarious mass . . .

The thing about flamenco is that even though it’s very popular music, […]

The Swing Era

Jazz began to “swing” as musicians began to adopt swing eighths, the string bass, high hat cymbals, and a looser, more rhythmic feeling . This change occurred gradually starting in the twenties notably with Louis Armstrong, and continued on into the 40’s. A lot of the music that came out of this period […]

Jazz Voices

“The Sound of Jazz” is a 1957 edition of the CBS television series Seven Lively Arts, and was one of the first major programmes featuring jazz to air on American network television. The one-hour program aired on Sunday, December 8, 1957, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time, live from CBS Studio […]

From New Orleans To New York

¤ ‘All That Jazz, From New Orleans to New York’

←An anthology of Jazz music which prior to the popular swing era of the 1930s and ’40s is often referred to as “early jazz.” Through its origins before the turn of the 20th century, jazz had evolved from a regional […]

History of the Blues

Documentary series (in four parts) on the origins and development of the Blues, with archive footage of performances denoting landmarks in the blues scene. ↓ By King Rollo (1999).

# 2 – In this part ↓ we take a close look at the early legends of blues from the 1920s and 1930s.

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American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966

≈ ¤ Blues jam ⇓ 1966

1. Muddy Waters + 2. James Cotton + 3. Sonny Terry +

4. Brownie McGhee + 5. Mable Hillery +

6. Sunnyland Slim + 7. Otis Spann + 8. Willie Dixon

♦ Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee […]