Blues – ROUTES by Ronald Bunn

Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald — born 100 years ago on April 25, 1917

100 Years ago, on April 25, 1917, (read about her here) Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. After Ella’s death, The New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote that Ella had performed a cultural transaction as extraordinary as Elvis‘ contemporaneous integration … Read More

Free For All – BAM R&B Festival Summer Concert – Ladies Sing the Blues starring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charanee Wade

Jazz diva Catherine Russell, a staple at Jazz at Lincoln Center, is joined by vocalists Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade to pay impassioned tribute to the great female blues singers of the 1920s: Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, and … Read More

Free for all – BRIC Arts – Media House : DAN ZANES’ LEAD BELLY PROJECT | TADA! YOUTH THEATER

Dan Zanes delves into American and global roots traditions to create some of the most engaging and fun family music ever recorded. His forthcoming Smithsonian Folkways album celebrates the blues icon Lead Belly; Zanes takes to the Bandshell with Ashley … Read More

Broadway Production “Black and Blue” – Linda Hopkins & Ruth Brown

Videos: Broadway production “Black and Blue” singing “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do”; Ruth Brown – “If I Can’t Sell It, I’ll Keep Sitting on It” [Donahue 1990]; “Body And Soul” –  Ruth Brown; Interview with Linda Hopkins – North Sea … Read More

Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith

Videos: Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith (August 14,1894-January 31st 1984). “St. Louis Blues” (1970) & Bricktop and Dorothy Donegan–“Miss Otis Regrets” Interested in reading more about ‘Bricktop’: http://www.wmagazine.com/fashion/2012/10/bricktop-aka-ada-beatrice-queen-victoria-louise-virginia-smith/

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