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James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
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February 14, 2014 It may seem as if jazz recordings have slowed to a flurry, but it's more like a blizzard, with dozens already coming down in the new year. Hear highlights from a few albums worth shoveling out, by Archie Shepp, Edward Simon, James Brandon Lewis and more.
The gospel/folk singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was accompanied by a jazz orchestra on her debut recording.
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December 5, 2013 The songs were a byproduct of slavery in the U.S. But after being passed along by generations of African-American musicians, they were later embraced by a variety of improvisers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grant Green and John Coltrane.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.
May 4, 2011 The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history. Hear some of the musicians who wielded their instruments in the pursuit of social harmony and change.
June 3, 2008 In a 28-minute program from WGBH, saxophonist Archie Shepp paints a vivid picture of what it was like to be making jazz music in the avant-garde/free-jazz era of the 1960s. He also gives insight into teaching jazz on the college level.
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