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Kristofer Collins: Jack Teagarden Buries Louis Armstrong’s Oriental Strut, Mesa, NM, ca.1926

lifting the tarnished curve of his horn to papery lips, Jack
Teagarden somewhere in 1947, his heart piled up with booze
and debt, but still a suppleness to his mouth, a flash
of something dangerous in the hard set of his jaw

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Bessie Smith, “St. Louis Blues”

. Josh Jones writing for Open Culture says of this scene: Released in 1929, the “flawed, but absolutely essential” film St. Louis Blues frames Bessie Smith’s character through the lyrics … Continue reading

October 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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