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Professor Longhair performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, circa 1970.
January 5, 2013 Any New Orleans piano player worth his fingers owes a debt to Henry Roeland Byrd, aka Professor Longhair. The late musician's home is still standing on Terpsichore Street, but it's in serious disrepair.
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Professor Longhair's "Tipitina" is a New Orleans funk staple and a template for the New Orleans piano style.
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February 18, 2009 One of the beauties of New Orleans piano music is that once you hear it, you'll know it whenever you encounter it again. It's Mardi Gras week in New Orleans, and we're going to join in the celebration with a brief but broad overview of some of the Crescent City's many extraordinary pianists.
February 5, 2008 In the months after Hurricane Katrina, Edie Hall of New Orleans lost her father, her job and her partner. But she's still got New Orleans — and a favorite song to go with it. Her pick: Professor Longhair's "Go to the Mardi Gras."
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February 28, 2006 Rock historian Ed Ward profiles New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair. (This profile originally aired on March 21, 1989.)
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