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Jazz Emerges

Part 2: Blues Essential

By Published: March 30, 2013
In the jazz genome, the blues is essential.



Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong
1901 - 1971
trumpet
administered his blues while performing open heart surgery on the whole world.



Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
wove his kind of blues-isms amid the dark arteries and shadowy intersections of postmodern life.



Billie and De De Pierce? I just came to their house; they came to mine. Their house is your house.





De De Pierce And Billie Pierce.




De De sings.




Billie Plays.




De De Pierce before going home.




Billie Pierce at Home.




Sonny Terry, San Francisco, c. 1960




Manny Sayles, New Orleans, c. 1986




Mama Yancey, San Francisco, c. 1960.




Louis Armstrong, Ithaca, New York, 1962




Jimmy Rushing, San Francisco, c. 1960.




Carol Leigh, San Francisco, c. 1960.




Unknown bluesman, Berkeley, California c. 1960




Mance Lipscomb, Oakland, California c. 1960



Photo Credit
"De De Pierce And Billie Pierce" by unknown photographer
"De De sings" by Marty Kaelin
"Billie Plays" by Charles Stroud
Remaining photos William Carter


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