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George V Johnson Jr

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Trudy is a native Philadelphian who began playing piano at age six. Her mother, too, was a musician and inspired this family tradition. "My family was deeply involved in the church community," says Trudy, "and I started playing piano for... more

The world premiere of a new American opera based on the life of one of the greatest boxers who ever lived. Joe Louis —“The Brown Bomber” — became a hero to the whole country in an era when a black hero was all but unthinkable. But... more

Ron Myers Sr., M.D., trumpeter and pianist. Together We Will See Juneteenth Become A National Holiday In America!, 100,000 people who know music saves lives!, Juneteenth, Black Freedom Day is a National Holiday! New York Times,... more

Since his emergence as composer of the score for Jack Gelber's harrowingly exact play, The Connection, Freddie Redd has finally been gaining some of the recognition that has eluded him for much of his playing career. Freddie also... more

Inspired by the musicianship of greats such as Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Jackie McLean, Cannonball Adderley, Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins, Harper has been the leader and musical inspiration for a vibrant sextet for... more

Exploring America's Classical Music Jazz w/BENNY GOLSON, Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend,a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on... more

Jimmy Heath has long been recognized as a brilliant instrumentalist and a magnificent composer and arranger. Jimmy is the middle brother of the legendary Heath Brothers (Percy Heath/bass and Tootie Heath/drums), and is the father... more

Exploring America's Classical Music with the Great "Little Jimmy Scott". Jimmy Scott (July 17, 1925 in Cleveland), aka "Little" Jimmy Scott, is an American jazz vocalist. Lionel Hampton gave him the stage name of "Little Jimmy Scott"... more

Born in Shelby, Mississippi in 1918, Gerald Wilson knew early on that he was going to be a musician. While living in Detroit, he studied harmony and orchestration at Cass Tech in addition to working on his trumpet chops. In... more
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