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This is the grave of Joyce Alexander Wein and the future grave of George Wein. Born in 1928 in Boston, Joyce Alexander was not that far removed from slavery, as two of her mother’s older siblings were born into the servitude. But Joyce got a good education, attending Boston Latin and then on to Simmons […]
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Tonight’s film is the 1935 Duke Ellington vehicle Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life. Directed by Fred Waller, who was a director of short films, it highlights Ellington’s new composition and is also the screen debut of Billie Holiday. It was Ellington’s intention to capture parts of black life in this composition and […]

McCoy Tyner, RIP

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On March 6, 2020

The great jazz pianist is gone, at the age of 81. Tyner’s famous for his legendary work with John Coltrane at the peak of the saxophone master’s career between 1961 and 1965. Somewhat oddl

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