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Steve Lacy / July 23, 1934 - June 4, 2004

Steve Lacy / July 23, 1934 - June 4, 2004

Happy birthday to the world's greatest soprano saxophone artist, Steven Lackritz aka Steve Lacy. Polish-American and born in NYC, Lacy played in dixieland bands before helping launch the out-jazz revolution. He played early on with Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Rushing, Gil Evans and others before joining Cecil Taylor's group, with their first album appearing in 1956. Lacy's 1958 album Reflections was the first all-Thelonious Monk program on an album. One of the planet's deepest diggers into the catalogue of Monk, the great composer of whom Lacy used to work with in the early '60s, he went on to produce several...

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Charles Tyler / July 20, 1941 - June 27, 1992

Charles Tyler / July 20, 1941 - June 27, 1992

Here's a birthday shout-out to the underrated free-jazz saxophonist Charles Tyler. Best known for his work with Albert Ayler and his own ESP-Disk albums, he also recorded several highly-regarded records for Nessa, Silkheart, Bleu Regard, Adelphi, Storyville and a few on his own Ak-Ba label. His fiery style on the baritone is quite recognizable, and he also played alto, clarinet and piano. From Indianapolis, he worked often with Ayler's groups in both Cleveland and NYC in the early to mid '60s, and an encounter with Ornette Coleman was also a highlight for the young artist. He cut a couple of...

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Karen Dalton / July 19, 1937 - March 19, 1993

Karen Dalton / July 19, 1937 - March 19, 1993

Cherokee folk singer Karen Dalton was a tragic story, a talent underheard and another tale of harsh and damaging substance abuse. Her sad, world-weary voice brings to mind Billie Holiday and her own compositions took a backseat to cover tunes. She came from Oklahoma, ditching a husband & children for who knows why, and came to NYC where she was on the Greenwich Village folk scene along with Bob Dylan, the Holy Modal Rounders and her good friend Fred Neil. She played a twelve-string guitar and banjo and mentioned Bessie Smith as her biggest influence as a singer. She made very...

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Peggy Jones aka "Lady Bo" / July 19, 1940 - Sept 16, 2015

Peggy Jones aka "Lady Bo" / July 19, 1940 - Sept 16, 2015

One of the first ladies of rock & roll, Peggy Jones Malone aka "Lady Bo" was a guitarist and occasional songwriter & arranger for Bo Diddley. A Harlem native, she started playing guitar at 15, influenced by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Charlie Parker. She was a doo wop singer with the Bop Chords and a professional dancer. She played on several of Bo's '50s and early '60s tunes, such as "Hey! Bo Diddley", "Roadrunner", "Say Man", "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", "Crackin' Up" and others. She played mostly rhythm but her and Bo would sometimes alternate leads on stage. (Later...

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Locobeach at Barbès 7/24/17

Locobeach at Barbès 7/24/17

On Monday July 24, at 9:30 pm come see LOCOBEACH in Brooklyn! Every Monday night at Barbès the Tropical Vortex series showcases bands and DJs who specialize in variations on tropical sounds from Latinolandia and elsewhere. This week Peace & Rhythm recording artist Locobeach brings a new tropical hybrid of psychedelic cumbia & disco (with a little electro, dub, funk, chicha & surf thrown in for good measure) featuring members of Los Crema Paraíso, La Muy Bestia Pop, and Chicha Libre. Plus Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew Andujar & Bongohead will spin a Rumba Sicodélica set between sets and after!  Barbès 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.), Park Slope, Brooklyn NY 11215 Tel:...

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