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    Giant Steps: Nina Simone

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    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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