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We used to go to different people's houses, you know. In those days I mean they could hear music and - if somebody could play an instrument, man, they would get up at night, from one o'clock; and they'd fix food and they'd have drinks and they'd stay up till five, six o'clock in the morning and give you money. It wasn't a dance but a serenade; we'd go from house to house. In those days there wasn't too much things like juke boxes, high fidelity sound, wasn't nothing like that then; and whenever somebody could play and could play well, he was considered as somebody; he could go anywhere and he had it made, you know? - Baby Doo Caston, on playing music in Natchez in the 1920s, interview with Jeff Todd Titon

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John Cephas Memorial Service and Jam
« on: March 25, 2009, 09:57:40 PM »
John Cephas passed away on March 4, 2009. To honor him and his great contribution to Piedmont Blues, a Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 1-3pm in Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at 10th and Constitution, NW in Washington, DC. All are welcome. To celebrate his life, a House Party Jam will follow immediately afterwards at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 400 I Street SW, also in Washington, DC. Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments and play, as this was John's wish.

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Re: John Cephas Memorial Service and Jam
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2009, 10:46:39 AM »
John Cephas was a kind and gracious man, a true gentleman. I first met him at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC-- the same time he and Phil Wiggins first hooked up. The used to play small venues around DC, like Kramer's Bookstore.
Years later I interviewed them both in New York City when they played BB King's.
Two lovely people.
I don't know what Phil will do now. Has anyone heard?
I have a wonderful photo of them both which my wife took. It is in a frame and I need to disassemble and scan it. I will share it with you.
(no, not Frequency Modulation- Frank Matheis)

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