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Lionel Hampton playing drums

From Gimmick Street to Carnegie Hall

The Benny Goodman Quartet began when Benny found a young Lionel Hampton and brought him across the color line into the big time. Hampton went on to the top, but he’s never forgotten his debt More

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Artie Shaw playing a clarinet
The Hard Life of a Jazz Man

In 1939, jazz clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw showed that there was a lot of money to be made in music, but, he writes, “despite More

Ellis Island
Huddled Masses Need Not Apply

The arguments for immigration control in this 1907 Post article are remarkably similar to many of the arguments we hear today; only the names have More

Saxophone and microphone
Jazz History by Men Who Made It

Discover how jazz — the music, the audience, and the business — proliferated across the country during the 20th century, as told by jazz legends More

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Damming the Parks

In 1950, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian warned the American people to keep an eye on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Project, which proposed a More

The Steam-Powered Robot of 1868

Zadoc Dederick’s steam-powered man from 1868 is a real-life example of the steampunk lifestyle and another case of true life inspiring science fiction. More

Cathedral Rocks at Mirror Lake
National Parks at 100

In what is arguably America’s best idea, vast tracts of land that could have been claimed, built up, exploited — maybe even ruined — were More

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