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The Color Line

"I dare you to walk away from this book uninspired. Readers of all races will learn volumes from this far-reaching new book for our times"

- Hycell B. Taylor, The African-American Revolt of the Spirit


We interrupt this program for a salute to all the side-men . . .


So long, Kingfish!

Uptown to down—

Salt Peanuts with a rebop sound

Skin-popping jitterbugs and Juilliard squares

on Bird’s Thoroughfare—

The Voice is on the air


Strung out harmonics—

Needles bless and bobby-socks swoon

Damn! Just how high IS the moon?

Dancing in the dark ’round midnight

but 5:00 a.m. comes fast—no sleep

Crash course class in Ornithology


Scattin’ the rebop

scat the repeat—

Grooves real sweet on 52nd Street!

Birth of the Cool—

Still not enough?

Hit me with a hot note, Daddy! Count it off . . .

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