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  • Maurice Arnold, 1865-1937

    Biography. Biography. Maurice Arnold was one of many African-American students of Antonin Dvorak during Dvorak's 1894 stay in the United States. Arnold participated in Dvorak's famous January 23, 1894, concert at the ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Clarence Cameron White, 1880-1960

    Biography. Biography. White remained active in music throughout his life. Among his positions were conductor of the Victorian Chamber Orchestra in Boston from 1916-20 and the Hampton Institute Choir upon Dett's retirement ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Bert Williams, 1874-1922

    Biography. Biography. Williams was also one of the most prolific black performers on recordings, making around 80 recordings from 1901-22. Indeed, his first recording sessions with George Walker for the Victor Company ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Will Marion Cook (1869-1944)

    Biography. Biography. Biography. Cook also followed his own advice. Thomas Riis, in his study of early black musical theater, singles out Cook's remarkable harmonic skill and compositional sophistication. When the pursuit of ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - American Choral Music - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Bob Cole, 1868-1911

    Biography. Biography. James Weldon Johnson later referred to Cole as "the single greatest force in the middle period of the development of black theatricals in America." Although he is still not well ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Noble Sissle, 1889-1975

    Biography. Biography. Sissle also founded the Negro Actors Guild. Known as the unofficial mayor of Harlem, he died in December 1975.

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • African American Performers on Early Sound Recordings, 1892-1916

    Article. Article. Mainspring Press http://www.mainspringpress.com/victorsales.htmlExternal

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Sidney Perrin

    Biography. Biography. Perrin also had a production company. Sid Perrin's High Flyers Company produced at least two shows--Show Folks (1920) and High Flyers (1921).

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Horace Weston, 1825-1890

    Biography. Biography. One of Weston's principal champions was Samuel Swain Stewart, a proponent of the banjo, who published pieces by Weston and other banjo players. Among Weston's compositions are: "Horace Weston's Home ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • James Reese Europe, 1881-1919

    Biography. Biography. The impact of James Reese Europe on American music cannot be overestimated. Perhaps even more than Will Marion Cook, he shaped not only the music of his own time, but ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Chris Smith, 1879-1949

    Biography. Biography. Chris Smith "wrote songs that pointed to black folk styles," according to music historian Eileen Southern. One of his biggest hits, "Good Morning, Carrie," was recorded as early as 1901. ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Will Accooe (d. 1904)

    Biography. Biography. Accooe also composed for other musicals. Williams and Walker's The Sons of Ham (1900) included some Accooe material. He also wrote a musical in 1901 with Will Marion Cook called ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Luckey Roberts, 1887-1968

    Biography. Biography. Roberts recorded two unissued solo piano sides for Columbia in 1916. These were his compositions "Shoo Fly" and "Shy and Sly." Although he accompanied other artists in late-1920s recordings, he ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Benjamin Shook

    Biography. Biography. A musician who was well-versed in almost all musical idioms except the blues, Benjamin Shook was a bandleader in Detroit from the end of the 19th century into the 1930s. ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • J. Tim Brymn, 1881-1946

    Biography. Biography. After the revival of black musicals in 1921, Brymn immediately returned to stage work, appearing in Put and Take and conducting the orchestra for Liza. In 1923 Brymn introduced the ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • George Walker, 1873-1911

    Biography. Biography. George Walker died on January 6, 1911. Lester Walton, in the New York Age of January 12, 1911, said, "George Walker was a talented artist, a fact which cannot be ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • J. Rosamond Johnson (John Rosamond), 1873-1954

    Biography. Biography. When World War I broke out, Johnson received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 15th Regiment. After the war, he toured with his own groups, and even sang ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Herman Wade

    Biography. Biography. Very little is known of Herman Wade. He may be the same person as Herman Avery Wade (and may also have been known as Edwin E. Wilson) who worked for ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, 1875-1912

    Biography. Biography. In England, Coleridge-Taylor continued an active life in music. He composed, taught at Trinity College of Music, conducted numerous choral societies, and even conducted in the famed Handel Society from ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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  • Joe Jordan

    Biography. Biography. Around 1905, he began a long career as a conductor and composer, working with James Reese Europe on Ernest Hogan's Memphis Students performance troupe. In 1906 he became music director ...

    Site/Collection: African American Band Music & Recordings, 1883 to 1923 - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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