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Professor Longhair

New Orleans piano master

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Nice Jazz Festival 1979


OK, this is not jazz, but it's some very sweet piano and ensemble work.

Professor Longhair, up from the streets of New Orleans, the guy who laid down the foundation for R & B.

Lost and then found. At the end of his life, he got some great gigs. Here's one of them in Nice, France in 1979.

Set List:

1 "Intro"
2 "Mess Around"
3 "Big Chief"
4 "Every Day I Have The Blues"
5 "Michigan"
6 "Mardi Gras"
7 "Doing It"

Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd (December 19, 1918 January 30, 1980), better known as Professor Longhair, was a New Orleans blues singer and pianist. Professor Longhair is noteworthy for having been active in two distinct periods, both in the heyday of early rhythm and blues, and in the resurgence of interest in traditional jazz after the founding of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The journalist Tony Russell, in his book The Blues From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, stated "The vivacious rhumba-rhythmed piano blues and choked singing typical of Fess were too weird to sell millions of records; he had to be content with siring musical offspring who were simple enough to manage that, like Fats Domino or Huey "Piano" Smith. But he is also acknowledged as a father figure by subtler players like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John.

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