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Scott Yanow

jazz pianist, was born in Detroit, Michigan. Hanna began playing piano when he was eleven years old. His first music teacher was his father, a preacher at the local church, who also played saxophone. His brother played trumpet and violin. Hanna doubled on the alto saxophone when he was attending Cass Technical High School, although he did not pursue that instrument.

Hanna began working professionally in Detroit clubs in 1948 when he was sixteen years old. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, he became a significant part of the rich Detroit jazz and piano scene, following in the footsteps of Hank Jones and his contemporaries Barry Harris and Tommy Flanagan.

Moving to New York to study at Juilliard in 1955, Hanna gained attention and displayed his versatility during stints with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1958 including performing at the Newport Jazz ...

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Adam W. Green

actor, was born in Nebraska and raised in a foster home from the age of nine. He eventually held menial jobs in the countryside, working in the mines and delivering messages, before becoming enamored of the theater. Rudd moved east to earn a spot on the stage, and began performing regularly in Philadelphia in the early 1920s. Though he was initially disgruntled by the lack of opportunities given to him even on stage, Rudd was soon “discovered” by Jasper Deeter, a director and founder of Hedgerow, a white theater in Moylan-Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Deeter began using Rudd as part of his repertory company, most notably as the eponymous character in a critically acclaimed production of The Emperor Jones. In 1930, the same year Paul Robeson famously played Othello in London, Rudd was said to have performed it at Hedgerow, in America.

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