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  • Norma Miller: The Gary Walker Interview

    August 27, 2010. Posted by Gary Walker.

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    Norma Miller 8.27.10

    Working at WBGO has many great moments...And a few special moments. One of these special occasions came Friday 8/27 when the legendary Norma Miller came to chat. She shared early life stories like peering through the window at The Savoy (1932) while dancers moved to Chick Webb and his band. Then going home to serve "Jump Steady", a bathtub gin at rent parties during the Great Depression.  One of the original Lindy Hoppers, Norma danced around the world, was featured in movies, and later in life re-invented herself in the world of comedy, starting out with other newcomers like Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. Norma Miller's incredible life has been captured by filmmaker John Biffar in "Queen Of Swing".  She stopped by to share a few of her unique life stories. You can tell from this 90 year young spirit that her dance continues with a rhythm most of us are ever after.

    --Gary Walker

  • Abbey Lincoln Tribute on Singers Unlimited

    August 16, 2010. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    Singers Unlimited  Sunday 8/15/10:  Tribute to singer, songwriter, poet, painter, actor, activist, philosopher Abbey Lincoln ...

    Hour 1

    Hour 2

    Abbey    The Music Is The Magic
    Abbey    People In Me
    Nina Simone    Blues for Momma
    Carmen McRae    Monkery's The Blues
    Abbey    Straight Ahead
    Max Roach & Abbey   Garvey's Ghost
    Abbey & Stan Getz    I'm In Love
    Abbey    Blackberry Blossoms
    Kendra Shank    Circle of Love
    Freddy Cole    Should've Been
    Abbey    Throw It Away
    Abbey    For Heaven's Sake
    Abbey on WBGO    Bird Alone
    Abbey    Lonesome Cup of Coffee
    Veronica Nunn    Living Room
    Baby Jane Dexter    I Got Thunder
    Abbey    Strong Man
    Max Roach & Abbey    Freedom Day
    Abbey & Stan Getz   When I'm Called Home

  • ABBEY LIVES and Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) sings "Bird Alone" live on WBGO

    August 15, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    WBGO broadcast Abbey Lincoln Live from the old Iridium, across from Lincoln Center in 1996.  Then in 2004, we sent her a track from that night, asking if we could post "Bird Alone" on wbgo.org as  a Great Live Moment for our 25th anniversary.  She called and said either "it's the best I ever sang it" or "it's as good as I've ever sung it" - I think  she said the former - and granted us permission.  Her musicians are Marc Carey, Michael Bowie, Aaron Walker.  Thank you, Abbey Lincoln.

    Listen here: