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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.
Artwork for Bill Potts' 1959 album, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess.
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September 1, 2011 The controversial Gershwin opera has long been an inspiration to jazz musicians. Hear five songs.
Martin Luther King Jr. waves from the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. during the March on Washington.
January 18, 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. opened the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival with these words: "Jazz speaks for life." The 1960s civil-rights movement inspired blues and jazz songs about the setbacks, hardships and hard-won victories that moved (and that continue to move) America closer to racial equality.
March 10, 2009 Originally released in 1961, electric guitarist Grant Green's first album with Blue Note Records, Grant's First Stand, has been reissued. Green has a solid swinger's knack for skippy, airborne jazz rhythms, but some of his lines wouldn't sound out of place in a Chicago blues bar.
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