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A profile of Louis Armstrong, a legendary jazz musician who toured the world playing the trumpet and singing with his signature raspy voice.

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“I Put a Spell on You” is an autobiography about the life and career of Eunice Waymon, a singer, songwriter, and pianist known professionally as Nina Simone. Unlike typical autobiographies, you get the sense that the book was likely created from interviews that she had with her co-author. And because of that, the book has a very informal tone that makes you feel like you’re sitting down and having a regular conversation with her as she tells you her life story.

Book Reviews

A profile of Ma Rainey, a blues singer and songwriter whose prodigious output and distinct delivery established her as an early legend in the genre.

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“Standing in the Shadows of Motown” is a 2002 documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of talented musicians who backed Motown’s singers on tour but most importantly studio sessions. As individuals as well as a group, the Funk Brothers were relatively unknown to the mainstream public despite performing on Motown’s biggest hits.

Movie Reviews

If you’re interested in learning about the musician turned songwriter and music publisher who is considered the godfather of the blues, my W.C. Handy Black History Short is for you.

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