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CARMEN MCRAE, the forgotten diva of jazz.
Ah yes... one of the grand ladies of jazz... I miss her almost as much as I miss Shirley Horn... I was able to see Shirley in one of her last performances in SF... "I'm Glad there was Carmen... and Shirley...
Craig: I consider myself to be knowledgeable about black music. But I can't understand why she hasn't gotten anywhere near the props she deserves. In terms of talent, respect from the critics, she's got it. It's puzzling to me.
macdaddy,It is puzzling. She had some serious attitude to back up all that talent. She was just overshadowed by her contemporaries, probably because she didn't have the glamor.
Speaking of people who don't get their props, yesterday was Big Joe Turner's birthday; and I was in a coffee shop with a bunch of folks, including musicians, who were bragging about a couple of white groups, mainly a group called Haley and the Comets. I went off on this white boy who was bragging about this group and, later, the black musicians there who didn't call him on it. It was a group that straight-up stole Big Joe Turner's music. So it was bout more than just Big Joe Turner, it was about black people's music being stolen and us not calling it like it is. I posted on it at daddyBstrong. Blessings.
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