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Thursday, July 10 2014

Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 4 2012

Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings

Not only would we not have had Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Janis Joplin without Bessie Smith, we wouldn't have singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele.


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