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Matthew Bruccoli

Jay McShann at the keyboard. Image courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records Today, and for most of this month, I'll be celebrating jazz and literature. From the NEA Jazz Master's 30th Anniversary publication : "Known in jazz circles as 'Hootie,' Jay McShann is for the most part a self-taught artist, though...
September 24 , 2009 Washington, DC Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Carl Van Vechten, June 4, 1932. From the collection of The Library of Congress. Happy Birthday F. Scott Fitzgerald! In honor of the 113th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth---at 481 Laurel Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota---here's...