maandag 6 maart 2017

Champion Jack Dupree - You Can Make It If You Try

      NRK TV Studio, Oslo, Norway
    1969 (exact date unknown)
Dupree was a New Orleans blues and boogie-woogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor". His father was from the Belgian Congo and his mother was part African American and Cherokee. His birth date has been given as July 4, July 10, and July 23, 1908, 1909, or 1910; the researchers Bob Eagle and Eric LeBlanc give July 4, 1910.

Dupree moved to Europe in 1960, settling first in Switzerland and then Denmark, England, Sweden and, finally, Germany.[6] On June 17, 1971 he played at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in the Casino Kursaal, with King Curtis, backed by Cornell Dupree on guitar, Jerry Jemmott on bass and Oliver Jackson on drums. The recording of the concert was later released as the 1973 album King Curtis & Champion Jack Dupree – Blues At Montreux on the Atlantic label

 During the 1970s and 1980s he lived at Ovenden in Halifax, England and a piano he used was later discovered at Calderdale College in Halifax.[9] He continued to record in Europe with Kenn Lending Band, Louisiana Red and Axel Zwingenberger and made many live appearances. He also worked again as a cook, specializing in New Orleans cuisine. He returned to the United States from time to time and performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Dupree died of cancer on January 21, 1992, in Hanover, Germany.(Wikipedia)
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