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BB King – A Blues For America

By the time this piece goes to press, B.B. King will have been buried after a celebration worthy of, well, a King (I had already committed to avoiding such cheap tricks involving variations on “The Thrill Is Gone” or “The Thrill Ain’t Gone” or “The Thrill Remains” or other such […]

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Bettye Lavette 2015

Bettye LaVette (2015)

Betty Jo Haskins was born January 29,1946, in Muskegon, Michigan. The family moved to Detroit when she was six years old. Her parents sold corn liquor and her living room was oft-times visited by The Soul Stirrers, The Blind Boys of Mississippi, and many other traveling gospel groups of the day. […]

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Syleena Johnson 2015

Syleena Johnson (2015)

Grammy nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly and Musiq Soulchild. Having fought the major label system to allow her true […]

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George Duke 2012

George Duke – Part 2 (2012)

George Duke: His Music Is His Legacy By Deardra Shuler Sometimes the heavens reward us with divinely inspired artists. One such individual was Grammy winner George Duke. Keyboardist, composer, singer, producer, arranger, director, writer, and professor of music, Duke went boldly into the recesses of music, performing and experimenting in […]

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George Duke 2012

George Duke – Part 1 (2012)

George Duke: His Music Is His Legacy By Deardra Shuler Sometimes the heavens reward us with divinely inspired artists. One such individual was Grammy winner George Duke. Keyboardist, composer, singer, producer, arranger, director, writer, and professor of music, Duke went boldly into the recesses of music, performing and experimenting in […]

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