Barbara Dane: "A Versatile Voice With A Political Purpose" - A National Public Radio Capsule, Designed to Introduce Us to or Remind Us of an Integral Artistic and Social Figure - There Have Been Few of Such Diverse Accomplishment and Passionate Principle

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“Bessie Smith in Stereo” said jazz critic Leonard Feather in Playboy magazine when Barbara Dane burst onto the scene in the late ‘50s. In 1958 Time magazine said of her: “The voice is pure, rich…rare as a 20 karat diamond.” To Ebony magazine, she seemed “startlingly blonde, especially when that powerful dusky alto voice begins to moan of trouble, two-timing men and freedom… with stubborn determination, enthusiasm and a basic love for the underdog (she is) making a name for herself…aided and abetted by some of the oldest names in jazz who helped give birth to the blues…” The seven-page Ebony article-their first feature story about a white woman (Nov., l959)- was filled with photos of Dane…” -For more! barbaradane.net

By Rich Buckland 11/08/2013 10:53 AM

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