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January 16, 2018

Jacob Evanson: Song Catcher

In the late 1930s, when Jacob A. Evanson joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Board of Education as special supervisor of vocal instruction, folklorists and musicologists were scouring America in search of old songs before they disappeared. The recording expeditions of father-and-son duo John and Alan Lomax, conducted under the banner of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, inspired folklorists across the country to join in the effort to collect and preserve America’s folk traditions.

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October 11, 2017

Quel Mazzolin di Fiori: I Campagnoli and the Italian American Folk Revival

Conceived by the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) at the birth of the ethnic folk revival and the tapering of Italian immigration to the United States, I Campagnoli began as mainly first and second generation working class Italian Americans versed in the culture of their Italian-born parents; as they evolved, members of the third and fourth generation and people of mix parentage joined the troupe.

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February 1, 2017

A Jazz Legacy: Mary Lou Williams

As an American jazz hub during the 1930s, Pittsburgh propelled one musician - Mary Lou Williams - to break jazz’s all-male barrier and become one of the most innovative artists of all time.

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