Exceptionally First

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“Blanche Calloway, Cab’s sister,” was an “exceptional” talent, “the first woman to lead an all-male jazz orchestra.” She had a very good way of entertaining. She was wild and wiry in certain things and very sensitive in others. … Cab may not say this to himself, but all of his style was from her. His sister taught him everything he knew about performing.”

sources: Earl “Fatha” Hines, wikipedia.org

(c) candi dugas, llc 2014

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