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Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

JCD: Duke Performances dedicated a significant portion of our 2015 summer season to celebrating Music Maker's 20th anniversary. We featured artists including Cool John Ferguson, Sam Frazier Jr., Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam, Williette Hinton, The Branchettes, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen & Big Ron Hunter. Over the past decade, we've also had the good fortune of presenting Music Maker artists Joe Thompson, Dom Flemons & Bishop Dready Manning. Keep an eye on our offerings, I'm sure that we'll have opportunity to showcase more of the elders as time goes by. Finally, I'd be careful w/ the term 'original musicians', none of the folks living today were making music alongside Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker & Blind Boy Fuller during the 'heyday' of the Piedmont blues in the 1920s, 30s & 40s.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 12/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

caab's suggestion sounds exciting. It's a shame that the original musicians didn't fit into this particular performance, but I'd pay good money to see Duke Performances showcase them for a different event. I hope we can see that happen soon.

Posted by jcd on 12/02/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

Gerald & the team on 'Piedmont Blues' spent a great deal of time with living, though elderly, Piedmont blues musicians. Duke Performances, working with Music Makers, has presented many of these artists over the past decade. After considerable conversation & consideration it was our conclusion that none of those musicians was nimble enough to effectively participate in this project. To be clear, Clayton's 'Piedmont Blues' is a synthetic project that attempts to honor the elders while making a presentation that bristles with a contemporary energy; only the audience will be able to determine whether this approach works.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 11/30/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

I would be curious to know why living Piedmont Blues legends are not involved in the actual performance when they are still alive and extremely capable at their craft, why this is not a performance collaboration.

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Posted by caab on 11/30/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Starfucker's "German Love"

I always thought German Love was his pet name for her: "German Love, I will give it to you."

Posted by AstToTheRgnlMgr on 11/12/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

yes! if but for just 'idiot wind'

Posted by lizzy on 11/04/2016 at 8:36 PM

Re: “Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Does He Deserve It?

But should he really accept this Swedish prize ? After all Alfred Nobel was a major Swedish weapons manufacturer (Bofors Cannons) and inventor of projectiles, smokefree gunpowder and, of course dynamite. Still today the Nobel Prize Group is sponsored by the weapons industry in direct connection to Alfred Nobes own war industry: http://saab.com/region/singapore/about-saab/stories/saab-singapore-stories/2015/saab-supports-the-nobel-prize-series-in-singapore/

Listen to Masters of War !

BTW this devastating Nobel project must be stopped: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpigW2zkZKA

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Posted by Bo Lagerqvist on 11/04/2016 at 6:13 AM

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