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    Giant Steps: Nina Simone


    If you look at the history section on the webpage for the famed Curtis Institute of Music, one historical fact from it’s almost 100 year history is conspicuously omitted.

    Giant Steps: Esperanza Spalding

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:49

    It was a spring night in Harlem when I first saw her. In a little club that I was told was owned by Herbie Hancock - I can’t confirm that part of the story. 

    Giant Steps: Ray Charles

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Friday, 17 February 2017 11:49

    When you think of the word genius you often think of someone steeped in deep complex thoughts, hours on end, contemplating life’s big questions.

    Giant Steps: Dione Taylor

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:35

    Parents can be tricky, they have a way of guiding you without letting you in on the fact that they are pushing you towards something. When Dione Taylor was born she was given two names;  the first, Dione after Dione Warwick (aka Whitney’s aunt with the distinctive voice) and Roberta, after Roberta Flack an R&B legend.

    Giant Steps: Marsalis Family

    Written by Garvia Bailey

    Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:28

    The Adderly’s and Coles, the Staples, the  Jones’ and Montgomery’s, the father daughter Gilberto clan, jazz has a distinctive keep it in the family vibe running throughout it’s history it’s present and future. At the top of the heap representing all three -- the Marsalis family. The first family of jazz.

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