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Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. She was born on April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia. At least that’s would we now believe to be true. Ella Fitzgerald left much about her earliest years shrouded in mystery. She was fanatically guarded about her history and her privacy. For example, her birth date […]

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One William James Basie was born on this day in Red Bank, New Jersey, in the year 1904. He would go on to become one of the greatest, most influential and swinging-ist cats in the history of American Jazz and Swing music. As a young boy (six or seven years of age), I inherited a […]

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This afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST, I will have a rare weekday shift on the air at Jazz 90.1 FM in Rochester, New York. Rarer still is the fact that my station manager, the inimitable Rob Linton, has told me I can treat the shift as though it were one of my “Sunday […]

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