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Basic Black
Boston Jazz Memoir, A
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Series Description

THe series was formerly known as Say Brother. Series title change as of 1/8/1998. This series is black produced and is one of public television's longest-running series that is rooted in and reflects the culture, concerns, achievements and history of people of African descent. Also includes controversial issues, African American artists, and events of special interest to the African American community.

Series release date: 1/8/1998

Program Description

Basic Black's "A Boston Jazz Memoir" is a musical journey into Black Boston's jazz history. The show includes rare archival images of jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and Miles Davis performing in Boston jazz clubs. Interviews with jazz legend Roy Haynes and Boston-based artists such as Mable Robinson-Simms, Salim Washington and the Roxbury Blues Aesthetic, Herb Pomeroy, and Manny Williams provide an insight into the music and the musicians who made it.



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Broadcast program

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Race and Ethnicity
Social Issues
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