Celebrating Roberta Flack
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by Faye Anderson
1w ago
A child prodigy, Roberta Flack began studying classical piano at age nine. Flack got her big break while performing at Mr. Henry’s Upstairs, a jazz club on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. American Masters: Roberta Flack tells Flack’s story in her own words. The documentary features interviews with, among others, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Angela Davis, Valerie Simpson, Les McCann and Peabo Bryson. American Masters: Roberta Flack premieres on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 9pm ET. The documentary will be available on PBS, PBS.org and PBS Video App. Check your local listing here ..read more
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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by Faye Anderson
2w ago
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a drum major for justice, was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Legends recognize legends. Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock dedicated his 1969 album, The Prisoner, to Dr. King. In his 2014 memoir Possibilities, Herbie wrote: It was a concept album focusing on the struggle for civil rights. The Prisoner reflected the beginnings of my new musical directions ..read more
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Happy New Year
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by Faye Anderson
1M ago
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Lee Morgan Historical Marker Approved
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by Faye Anderson
1M ago
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission approved the nomination of jazz trumpeter, composer and activist Lee Morgan for a historical marker. Lee will join John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, and his union, Union Local 274 of the American Federation of Musicians, with a historical marker in Philadelphia. The blue-and-gold marker will be installed in front of the former location of Music City where as a high school student Lee participated in instructional clinics and Tuesday night jam sessions with jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. On June 26, 1956 ..read more
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Nana Harriet Tubman Committee Says ‘Enough!’
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by Faye Anderson
2M ago
From Auburn, New York to Ypsilanti, Michigan, the commissioning of a Harriet Tubman statue has been a source of civic pride. In Philadelphia, the city where Harriet first experienced freedom, the public art acquisition process is tainted by white privilege, lies, and fuzzy math. The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) manipulated survey data to minimize public support for a permanent Harriet Tubman statue. OACCE claimed that only 25% of respondents want a statue of the American icon. When OACCE was called out by a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer, the “full report ..read more
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Donate to All That Philly Jazz
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by Faye Anderson
2M ago
All That Philly Jazz is a crowdsourced public history project at the intersection of art, public policy and cultural heritage preservation. While our content is free, researching and documenting Philadelphia’s hidden jazz history and untold stories takes time. And time is money. If you value and appreciate what we do, please make a donation today. Make a one-time donation Your contribution is appreciated. Thank you! Donate Make a monthly donation Your contribution is appreciated. Donate monthly ..read more
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Election Day 2022
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by Faye Anderson
3M ago
The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on February 3, 1870. Section 1 of the Reconstruction Amendment reads: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Be careful how you vote ..read more
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Props to Pops
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by Faye Anderson
3M ago
For years I could not get pass the optics of Louis Armstrong, mainly the broad grin and ever-present handkerchief. Fast forward to today, my love and respect for Pops’ musical genius and civil rights activism is immeasurable. At the dawn of the modern Civil Rights Movement, Armstrong cancelled a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of the Soviet Union in support of the Little Rock Nine. Pops blasted Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus, a staunch segregationist, and President Eisenhower. As a preservationist, I am in awe of Pops and Lucille Armstrong’s dedication to preserving his legacy in public memo ..read more
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