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Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. One New Yorker, Loren Schoenberg, played saxophone alongside the “First Lady of Song” in 1990, near the very end of her career. He compared her to “a vintage bottle of wine” and told us that “she had none of the characteristics of… Read more »

Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. One New Yorker, Loren Schoenberg, played saxophone alongside the “First Lady of Song” in 1990, near the very end of her career. He compared her to “a vintage bottle of wine” and told us that “she had none of the characteristics of… Read more »

Black Cultural Events wishes Happy Birthday to poet Etheridge Knight. Born on April 19, 1931, Knight would have turned 86 years old today. Knight was one of the most popular poets during the Black Arts Movement, receiving accolades from fellow poets such as Robert Bly, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sonia Sanchez…. Read more »

Black Cultural Events wishes Herbie Hancock a Happy Belated Birthday! Born on April 12, 1940, the prolific jazz musician turned 77 last week. Hancock was born in Chicago, Illinois and trained as a classical pianist before breaking into jazz. As one of the first adopters of synthesizers in the genre,… Read more »