Taslimah Bey

Taslimah P. Bey began studying classical music at age 16, then switched to jazz in her senior year of high school.  She started researching ragtime music and the roots of jazz while in college.  When Taslimah heard Charlie Gabriel—clarinet and saxophone player with the Preservation … Continue readingTaslimah Bey

Jeff Barnhart

PHOTOS | VIDEOS Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer.  Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here … Continue readingJeff Barnhart

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Hal Smith

https://halsmithmusic.com Hal Smith took up the drums in 1963. He heard Ben Pollack, Nick Fatool and Fred Higuera in person, was mentored by Wayne Jones and took lessons from Jake Hanna.  Hal also studied recordings of classic jazz drummers from Baby Dodds to Big Sid … Continue readingHal Smith

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Scott Kirby

http://scottkirby.net “Main Street Souvenirs” is a narrated “movie/concert,” featuring live piano music, video, and stories, presented by Scott Kirby. This program will showcase images, videos and stories about Mississippi State University and the City of Starkville. We will explore 150 years of music through Kirby’s … Continue readingScott Kirby

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