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Remembering Ralph Sutton: Long Way from St. Louis

With his knack for improvisation and a left hand that packed a wallop, stride piano genius Ralph Sutton built a career spanning half a century, following in the footsteps of Harlem stride giants James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith.

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Sobbin’ Blues: Joe Oliver, New Orleans Trumpet King

Louis Armstrong called him 'Papa Joe’ and said that no other trumpet player in New Orleans had the fire of Joe Oliver.  By the early 1900s, Oliver was “the King” of New Orleans trumpet men.

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