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Roosevelt Sykes Day

January 31, 2018

Roosevelt Sykes Day

Roosevelt Sykes (January 31, 1906 – July 17, 1983) was an American blues musician, also known as “The Honeydripper“.

Sykes was born in Elmar, Arkansas, and grew up near Helena. At age 15, went on the road playing piano in a barrelhouse style of blues. Like many bluesmen of his time, he travelled around playing to all-male audiences in sawmill, turpentine and levee camps along the Mississippi River, gathering a repertoire of raw, sexually explicit material. His wanderings eventually brought him to St. Louis, Missouri, where he met St. Louis Jimmy Odenthe writer of the blues standardGoin’ Down Slow“.

World Fusion with Okra Playground

January 31, 2018

World Fusion from Finland with Okra Playground

Daily Roots with Ansel Collins

January 31, 2018

Daily Roots with Dave & Ansel Collins



January 30, 2018

Rhythm Roots Workshop

Tuesday January 30th 2018 noon-2pm

Partnership Resources Inc

St Louis Park, MN Location

Developmentally Disabled participants exploring their inner rhythmic sensibilities!

The Cosmos with M61

January 30, 2018

Messier 61 (also known as M61 or NGC 4303) is an intermediate barred spiral galaxy in the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. It was discovered by Barnaba Oriani on May 5, 1779. This was six days before Charles Messier observed the same galaxy, but had mistaken it as a comet.

M61 is one of the largest members of Virgo Cluster, and is designated to belong to a smaller section of the galaxy cluster known as the S Cloud. It has an active galactic nucleus and is classified as a starburst galaxy containing a massive nuclear star cluster with an estimated mass of 105 solar massesand an age of 4 million years, as well as a central candidate supermassive black hole weighing around 5×106 M solar masses. cohabiting with an older massive star cluster as well as a likely older starburst. Evidence of significant star formation and active bright nebulae appears across M61’s disk. Unlike most late-type spiral galaxies within the Virgo Cluster, M61 shows an unusual abundance of neutral hydrogen (H I)

Marty Balin

January 30, 2018

Marty Balin Day

Marty Balin (/ˈbælɪn/, born Martyn Jerel Buchwald; January 30, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

Balin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (née Talbot) and Joseph Buchwald. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe. His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian. Marty attended Washington High School in San Francisco, California.

Tubby Hayes

January 30, 2018

Tubby Hayes Day

Edward Brian “Tubby” Hayes (30 January 1935 – 8 June 1973) was an English jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophoneplaying in groups with fellow sax player Ronnie Scott and with trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar.

Ahmed Abdul-Malik

January 30, 2018

Ahmed Abdul-Malik Day

Ahmed Abdul-Malik (born Jonathan Tim, Jr.; January 30, 1927 – October 2, 1993 Brooklyn, NY) was a jazz double bassist and oud player.

Abdul-Malik is noted for integrating Middle Eastern and North African music styles in his jazz music.[3] He was the bassist for Art Blakey, Earl Hines, Randy Weston, and Thelonious Monk among others.


Roy Eldridge

January 30, 2018

Roy Eldridge Day

David Roy Eldridge (30 January 1911 – 26 February 1989), nicknamed “Little Jazz“, was an American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the smooth and lyrical style of earlier jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop.

Eldridge was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 30, 1911, to parents Alexander, a wagon teamster, and Blanche, a gifted pianist with a talent for reproducing music by ear, a trait that Eldridge claimed to have inherited from her. Eldridge began playing the piano at the age of five; he claims to have been able to play coherent blues licks at even this young age.[2]The young Eldridge looked up to his older brother, Joe Eldridge (born Joseph Eldridge, 1908, North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, died March 5, 1952), particularly because of Joe’s diverse musical talents on the violin, alto saxophone, and clarinet.

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