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Blake, Eubie [James Hubert]locked

  • Eileen Southern
  •  and John Graziano

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(b Baltimore, Feb 7, 1883; d New York, Feb 12, 1983). American ragtime pianist and composer. When he was six years old his parents, who had been slaves, purchased a home organ and arranged for him to have lessons. Later he studied music theory with a local musician, Llewelyn Wilson. Despite the disapproval of his mother, an extremely religious woman, Blake began to play professionally in a Baltimore nightclub at the age of 15, and in ...

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