Eubie Blake, pianist, composer
Pianist ~ Composer
birth name James Hubert Blake

Eubie Blake

February 7, 1883, Baltimore, MD ~ February 12, 1983, New York, NY

From a humble beginning Blake rose to a man who redirected the course of American culture. His reputation was achieved not just through his music, but also by his artistic effort, his determination, and his incredible talent. He was one of a small group of African American performing artists who paved the way for African Americans to demand, and win, acceptance and equality on the American entertainment scene. Blake succeeded at securing respect in an industry that was plagued by racially stereotyped roles, and deserves credit for pioneering equality in payment with the white artists of the era. ~ Maryland Historical Society: Eubie Blake ~ retrieved January 31, 2014 © Maryland Historical Society

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Shuffle Along was the musical sensation of 1921 - guaranteeing Blake his place in music history. The musical was significant not only for single-handedly reviving the moribund genre of the black musical, but also for helping launch several young performers and composers on their successful careers. Among these notables were Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, Paul Robeson, and William Grant Still, who was in the pit orchestra. Many songs from Shuffle Along, such as I'm Just Wild About Harry, Love Will Find a Way, and In Honeysuckle Time became great hits, were recorded dozens of times, and retain their freshness and charm more than 80 years later. ~ All about Jazz: Eubie Blake ~ retrieved June 28, 2013 © All About Jazz

Eubie Blake ~ Inducted in the 1983 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.



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