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[We played in] restaurants, taverns, and gangster hangouts. Played... Italian music, German music, we played polka music... we'd play blues, too... we played wherever the dancers was - Roosevelt Scott, on the life of a bluesman in Chicago in the 1940s. From an interview with Jim O'Neal in the notes to Document 5413

Author Topic: Ma Rainey and Louis Armstrong  (Read 174 times)

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Offline jasobr

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Ma Rainey and Louis Armstrong
« on: March 08, 2023, 06:39:18 AM »
In celebration of International Womenís Day, hereís an in-depth article on the great Ma Rainey, the pioneering blues singer, and her best day in the studio, which found her working alongside young Louis Armstrong.

https://jasobrecht.substack.com/p/ma-rainey-the-mother-of-the-blues

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Re: Ma Rainey and Louis Armstrong
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2023, 08:30:55 PM »
Great article, Jas. I enjoyed all the detailed descriptions of her life on the road before she started recording, her generosity in supporting local residents in the towns she visited, and Thomas Dorsey's memories going back to 1912. Makes me want to visit Columbus, Georgia.

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