Texas Jazz Singer Volume 25

Texas Jazz Singer  Volume 25

Based on extensive oral history interviews and archival research, "Texas Jazz Singer: Louise Tobin in the Golden Age of Swing and Beyond" recaptures both the glamour and the challenges of life on the road and onstage during the golden age ...

Author: Kevin Mooney

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ISBN: 1623499658

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At 102 years of age, Louise Tobin is one of the last surviving musicians of the Swing Era. Born in Aubrey, Texas, in 1918, she grew up in a large family that played music together. She once said that she fell out of the cradle singing and all she ever wanted to do was to sing. And sing she did. She sang with Benny Goodman and also performed vocals for such notables as Will Bradley, Bobby Hackett, Harry James (her first husband), Johnny Mercer, Lionel Hampton, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Peanuts Hucko (her second husband), and Fletcher Henderson. Based on extensive oral history interviews and archival research, Texas Jazz Singer recalls both the glamour and the challenges of life on the road and onstage during the golden age of swing and beyond. As it traces American music through the twentieth century, Louise Tobin's story provides insight into the challenges musicians faced to sustain their careers during the cultural revolution and ever-changing styles and tastes in music. In this absorbing biography, music historian Kevin Edward Mooney offers readers a view of a remarkable life in music, told from the vantage point of the woman who lived it. Rather than simply making Tobin an emblem for women in jazz of the big band era, Mooney concentrates instead on Tobin's life, her struggles and successes, and in doing so captures the particular sense of grace that resonates throughout each phase of Tobin's notable career.
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Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly

Although she occasionally paraphrases melodies, there is nothing in I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All? (Tropical Belt DS-101) to tag her as a jazz singer in the sense of improvisation. Nonetheless, her affinity for jazz is apparent, ...

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Since 1973, TEXAS MONTHLY has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, TEXAS MONTHLY continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.
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An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians

An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians

S.C. residence: Lexington (1991–) Selftaught on piano and guitar, Ligon became a professional musician at nineteen. ... of North Texas One o'Clock Lab Band (1988), University of North Texas Jazz Singers (1991), Pete Neighbour (2009), ...

Author: Benjamin Franklin V

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611176223

Category: History

Page: 312

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In An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Benjamin Franklin V documents the careers of South Carolina jazz and blues musicians from the nineteenth century to the present. The musicians range from the renowned (James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie), to the notable (Freddie Green, Josh White), to the largely forgotten (Fud Livingston, Josie Miles),to the obscure (Lottie Frost Hightower, Horace “Spoons” Williams), to the unknown (Vince Arnold, Johnny Wilson). Though the term “jazz” is commonly understood, if difficult to define, “blues” has evolved over time to include rhythm and blues, doo-wop, and soul music. Performers in these genres are represented, as are members of the Jenkins Orphanage bands of Charleston. The volume also treats nineteenth-century musicians who performed what might be called proto-jazz or proto-blues in string bands, medicine shows, vaudeville, and the like. Organized alphabetically, from Johnny Acey to Webster Young, the book’s entries include basic biographical information, South Carolina residences, career details, compositions, recordings as leaders and as band members, films, awards, Web sites, and lists of resources for additional reading. Franklin has ensured biographical accuracy to the greatest degree possible by consulting such sources as the census, military registers, passport applications, and other public documents including, when law permitted, death certificates. Information in these records permitted him to dispel myths and correct misinformation that have surrounded South Carolina’s musical history for generations.
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Twentieth Century Music Writers A Hyperlist

Twentieth Century Music Writers   A Hyperlist

... Gaillard (American jazz singer-songwriter) * Gaines Grady Gaines (American Texas blues/jazz saxophonist) Gaines Grady ... RoyGaines(AmericanTexaselectricbluessinger) Gaines Roy Gaines (American Texas electric blues singer) Gaines ...

Author: Neil E. Clement

Publisher: MTCC Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780998631172

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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How many composers, songwriters and lyricists wrote music in the twentieth century?? Who were they?? This first edition identifies more than 14,000 people who did so, and all are listed in this eBook alphabetically along with a hyperlink to their Wikipedia biographical data. Performers of blues, folk, jazz, rock & roll and R&B are included by default. PLEASE NOTE: THE HYPERLINKS IN THIS BOOK ONLY FUNCTION ON GOOGLE PLAY aka THE 'FLOWING' VERSION. The hyperlinks in this book DO NOT CURRENTLY FUNCTION on the GOOGLE BOOKS ' FIXED' version.
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The Migration of Musical Film

The Migration of Musical Film

Richard Bauman (Austin: Center for Mexican American Studies, Univer- sity of Texas at Austin, 1993), 19. 1. TheJazz Singer pressbook, 16, TheJazz Singer subject file, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, ...

Author: Desirée J. Garcia

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813568669

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Movie musicals are among the most quintessentially American art forms, often celebrating mobility, self-expression, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. But like America itself, the Hollywood musical draws from many distinct ethnic traditions. In this illuminating new study, Desirée J. Garcia examines the lesser-known folk musicals from early African American, Yiddish, and Mexican filmmakers, revealing how these were essential ingredients in the melting pot of the Hollywood musical. The Migration of Musical Film shows how the folk musical was rooted in the challenges faced by immigrants and migrants who had to adapt to new environments, balancing American individualism with family values and cultural traditions. Uncovering fresh material from film industry archives, Garcia considers how folk musicals were initially marginal productions, designed to appeal to specific minority audiences, and yet introduced themes that were gradually assimilated into the Hollywood mainstream. No other book offers a comparative historical study of the folk musical, from the first sound films in the 1920s to the genre’s resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s. Using an illustrative rather than comprehensive approach, Garcia focuses on significant moments in the sub-genre and rarely studied films such as Allá en el Rancho Grande along with familiar favorites that drew inspiration from earlier folk musicals—everything from The Wizard of Oz to Zoot Suit. If you think of movie musicals simply as escapist mainstream entertainment, The Migration of Musical Film is sure to leave you singing a different tune.
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The Time of My Life

The Time of My Life

... Dallas, Texas 76, 77 Bayou Manor, Houston, Texas 191 Good Shepherd, Longview, Texas 191 Hallmark, The, ... Mermod 101 Jacksonville, Texas 102-106 Japan 40,41 "Jazz Singer, The" 1 5 Jenkins, Daniel, M.D. 1 1 3 Jewel Tea Company ...

Author: Jr. Morris

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781608441426

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Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer

He cut up with the young Texas jazz singer Ella Mae Morse on the September 9, 1943, show. With great admiration, Mercer joined Louis Armstrong on the May 20, 1944, program, where the jazz legend performed “Lazy River” and Johnny sang ...

Author: Glenn T. Eskew

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820333304

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 521

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John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer (1909–76) remained in the forefront of American popular music from the 1930s through the 1960s, writing over a thousand songs, collaborating with all the great popular composers and jazz musicians of his day, working in Hollywood and on Broadway, and as cofounder of Capitol Records, helping to promote the careers of Nat “King” Cole, Margaret Whiting, Peggy Lee, and many other singers. Mercer’s songs—sung by Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, and scores of other performers—are canonical parts of the great American songbook. Four of his songs received Academy Awards: “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,” and “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.” Mercer standards such as “Hooray for Hollywood” and “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” remain in the popular imagination. Exhaustively researched, Glenn T. Eskew’s biography improves upon earlier popular treatments of the Savannah, Georgia–born songwriter to produce a sophisticated, insightful, evenhanded examination of one of America’s most popular and successful chart-toppers. Johnny Mercer: Southern Songwriter for the World provides a compelling chronological narrative that places Mercer within a larger framework of diaspora entertainers who spread a southern multiracial culture across the nation and around the world. Eskew contends that Mercer and much of his music remained rooted in his native South, being deeply influenced by the folk music of coastal Georgia and the blues and jazz recordings made by black and white musicians. At Capitol Records, Mercer helped redirect American popular music by commodifying these formerly distinctive regional sounds into popular music. When rock ’n’ roll diminished opportunities at home, Mercer looked abroad, collaborating with international composers to create transnational songs. At heart, Eskew says, Mercer was a jazz musician rather than a Tin Pan Alley lyricist, and the interpenetration of jazz and popular song that he created expressed elements of his southern heritage that made his work distinctive and consistently kept his music before an approving audience.
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Buck Clayton s Jazz World

Buck Clayton s Jazz World

This is my story, the life of a jazz musician. My father, Simeon Oliver Clayton, in his youth played cornet in Rockwall, Texas. Texas in those days had quite a few good musicians, almost as many I think as there were in New Orleans, ...

Author: Buck Clayton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441191687

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Spanning nearly seventy years, Buck Clayton's autobiography offers fascinating insights into not only the life of one of the most significant trumpeters and bandleaders in jazz, but also American social history in general. This engaging volume depicts Clayton's childhood in Parson, Kansas, where he learned how to play the trumpet and first came into contact with church and gospel music. It then details his move to the West Coast in the 1930s when he began to play jazz professionally. Clayton recounts the many important events that followed, including a Hollywood-style wedding, his trip to Shanghai in 1934 with his band, his involvement with the Count Basie Orchestra in New York, his enlistment in the U.S. Army in the 1940s, his work as a soloist and leader in both the U.S. and Europe, and his later career as an arranger and composer, as well as his days spent lecturing in jazz studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. Chronicling his encounters with many of the most influential jazz figures, such as Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Jimmy Rushing, Clayton presents a fascinating record of jazz history, both in the United States and abroad.
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The Best of Photographic Lighting

The Best of Photographic Lighting

Chris dragged the shutter so that the room and ambient lights would record normally. creates is multiple catchlights in the subject's eyes. These are. Multiple Catchlights. Another problem that the fill light often Texas jazz singer ...

Author: Bill Hurter

Publisher: Amherst Media

ISBN: 9781608951437

Category: Photography

Page: 128

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Bill Hurter explains the characteristics of light—both natural and artificial—in this in-depth guide. Fully exploring color balance, exposure, and light ratios, the handbook expands on skills learned in the studio to explain how to harness the beauty of less predictable lighting situations, like those shot outdoors or on location. Packed with tips from more than 30 top professionals on wedding, portrait, and commercial photography, this resource is sure to both educate and inspire.
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Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly

JUNE 1991 'VOLUME 1 9 • I S S U E TexasMonthly Departments 42 Food Mix Masters by Patricia Sharpe 50 Politics Dough ... From The Dark Before Dawn was caught in the terrifying grip of schizophrenia, she had been a talented jazz singer.

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Since 1973, TEXAS MONTHLY has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, TEXAS MONTHLY continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.
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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

The state of pop, like the state of Texas, is a vast one, and no one covers more of its territory than Kay Starr. ... Starris undeniably a jazz singer—one of the very best ever—yet the essential tone of her voice, divorced from her ...

Author: Will Friedwald

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 9780307379894

Category: Music

Page: 832

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Will Friedwald’s illuminating, opinionated essays—provocative, funny, and personal—on the lives and careers of more than three hundred singers anatomize the work of the most important jazz and popular performers of the twentieth century. From giants like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland to lesser-known artists like Jeri Southern and Joe Mooney, they have created a body of work that continues to please and inspire. Here is the most extensive biographical and critical survey of these singers ever written, as well as an essential guide to the Great American Songbook and those who shaped the way it has been sung. The music crosses from jazz to pop and back again, from the songs of Irving Berlin and W. C. Handy through Stephen Sondheim and beyond, bringing together straightforward jazz and pop singers (Billie Holiday, Perry Como); hybrid artists who moved among genres and combined them (Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé); the leading men and women of Broadway and Hollywood (Ethel Merman, Al Jolson); yesterday’s vaudeville and radio stars (Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor); and today’s cabaret artists and hit-makers (Diana Krall, Michael Bublé). Friedwald has also written extended pieces on the most representative artists of five significant genres that lie outside the songbook: Bessie Smith (blues), Mahalia Jackson (gospel), Hank Williams (country and western), Elvis Presley (rock ’n’ roll), and Bob Dylan (folk-rock). Friedwald reconsiders the personal stories and professional successes and failures of all these artists, their songs, and their performances, appraising both the singers and their music by balancing his opinions with those of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics. This magisterial reference book—ten years in the making—will delight and inform anyone with a passion for the iconic music of America, which continues to resonate throughout our popular culture.
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Jazz Education Guide

Jazz Education Guide

Janice Borla Sausios Jazz contact : Mark Boling 865-974-3241 ... Comfort Jazz Orchestra , Jazz Ensemble II , Jazz Singers , Blue Ascendance , Sound Fuzion , Birth of the Cool , Faculty Jazz Players TEXAS Jazz Vocalist " Genius .

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James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke

Beiderbecke, Leon “Bix” (1903–1931): Jazz musician popular in the 1920s; later acclaimed as one of the most ... Blind Lemon Jefferson (Lemon Henry Jefferson, 1893–1929): Gospel and blues singer from Texas, often called the Father of ...

Author: Laurence W. Mazzeno

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476631134

Category: Literary Criticism

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 James Lee Burke is an acclaimed writer of crime novels in which protagonists battle low-life thugs who commit violent crimes and corporate executives who exploit the powerless. He is best known for his Dave Robicheaux series, set in New Orleans and the surrounding bayou country. With characters inspired by his own family, Burke uses the mystery genre to explore the nature of evil and an individual’s responsibility to friends, family and society at large. This companion to his works provides a commentary on all of the characters, settings, events and themes in his novels and short stories, along with a critical discussion of his writing style, technique and literary devices. Glossaries describe the people and places and define unfamiliar terms. Selected interviews provide background information on both the writer and his stories.
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Studies in Jewish Civilization 26

Studies in Jewish Civilization 26

Robert L. Carringer, “Introduction: History of a Popular Culture Classic,” in The Jazz Singer (ed. ... Singer, 147–67. Also see Eric A. Goldman, The American Jewish Story through Cinema (Austin: University of Texas, 2013), 17–41. 59.

Author: Leonard J. Greenspoon

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557537225

Category: Religion

Page: 265

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"Twenty-Sixth Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium, October 27 and October 28, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska."
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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday

It starred jazz vocalist Denyse Pearson, backed by Charm City's own Arch Social Club Big Band. ... In Austin,Texas, the Women in Jazz concert series created a show called “Café Society Celebrates Billie Holiday's 100th Birthday.” Singer ...

Author: Rebecca Carey Rohan

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781502610621

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Billie Holiday is one of the most beloved American musicians to this day, and a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Learn about the challenges she faced and the fame she gained as a result of her unique sound.
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Within Our Gates

Within Our Gates

1952 It's a Big Country : An American Anthology 1953 The Jazz Singer San Antone 1955 Apache Ambush The Last Command 1957 The Lawless Eighties 1958 Sierra Baron 1959 The Wonderful Country Texas Thames River ( England ) 1960 The Day They ...

Author: America Film Institute Staff

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520209648

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1571

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"[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
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The Blues Encyclopedia

The Blues Encyclopedia

19 March 1991; Los Angeles, CA Texas-born Bee Houston taught himself guitar while in his teens, inspired by T-Bone Walker and Clarence ''Gatemouth'' Brown. ... He returned to Louisiana with jazz-singer Betty Roche.

Author: Edward Komara

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135958329

Category: Music

Page: 1200

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The Blues Encyclopedia is the first full-length authoritative Encyclopedia on the Blues as a musical form. While other books have collected biographies of blues performers, none have taken a scholarly approach. A to Z in format, this Encyclopedia covers not only the performers, but also musical styles, regions, record labels and cultural aspects of the blues, including race and gender issues. Special attention is paid to discographies and bibliographies.
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Encyclopedia of the Blues

Encyclopedia of the Blues

19 March 1991; Los Angeles, CA Texas-born Bee Houston taught himself guitar while in his teens, inspired by T-Bone ... 12 July 1927; Austin, TX Vocalist/tenor saxophonist. ... He returned to Louisiana with jazz-singer Betty Roche.

Author: Edward M. Komara

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415926997

Category: Music

Page: 1100

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This comprehensive two-volume set brings together all aspects of the blues from performers and musical styles to record labels and cultural issues, including regional evolution and history. Organized in an accessible A-to-Z format, the Encyclopedia of the Blues is an essential reference resource for information on this unique American music genre. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedia of the Blues website.
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The Crisis

The Crisis

The story of Billie Holiday, the jazz singer, is the latest of the "revealing" autobiographies that are making the rounds these days. ... Billie, moreover, insists that it was Dallas, Texas, that killed her father.

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The Crisis, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP, is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.
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The Freemasons In America

The Freemasons In America

... Houston—President of the Republic of Texas Hubert Humphrey—Senator, vice president, and presidential candidate Jesse Jackson—Civil rights leader Jack Johnson—Boxer Al Jolson—Singer and star of first sound film, The Jazz Singer Anson ...

Author: H. Paul Jeffers

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 9780806533636

Category: History

Page: 240

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What Is Their Secret And What Are They Hiding? Step inside the secret world of the Masons and discover: How such pivotal American documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights reflect Masonic principles and influence. How Freemasons became the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization. If Freemasons rule the world--or want to. Why Masonic symbolism appears on American currency. Why the opposition groups, from conspiracists to the Catholic Church, fear Freemasons. Why Texas has been called "the Masonic Republic." How to recognize Masonic rings, pins, and other symbols. From George Washington to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the Freemasons have influenced the United States in many surprising ways. With nearly half the world's six million Freemasons--some twenty-five U.S. presidents and thirty-five Supreme Court justices among them--America has felt the group's impact more deeply and broadly than any other country. Using historical anecdotes and incisive analysis, this timely and insightful portrait separates the myths surrounding Freemasonry from the facts, offering a unique insider's view into what American Freemasonry was, is, and will be tomorrow. H. Paul Jeffers has published more than 50 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Freemasons: Inside the World's Oldest Secret Society, biographies of presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland, New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Diamond Jim Brady, and others. He lives in Manhattan.
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