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The Legacy Of The Jazz Epistles, South Africa’s Short-Lived But Historic Group

Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim, two of the biggest stars to emerge from South Africa, achieved success independently. ...

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The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial: Our ‘First Lady Of Song’

Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but in front of a microphone, she radiated pure joy.

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Remembering Ella Fitzgerald, Who Made Great Songs Greater

On her 100th birthday, Tony Bennett, Cécile McLorin Salvant and others pay tribute to the woman whose voice ...

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Early Hardship Couldn’t Muffle Ella Fitzgerald’s Joy

Before she became First Lady of Song, Fitzgerald navigated childhood loss, poverty and homelessness — always with music ...

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