I don't need time. What I need is a deadline. – Duke Ellington, (1899-1974)



Murray street Production:
WC Handy's Blues


1. Program audio

From the producers of Honky Tonks comes WC Handy’s Blues, an hour-long special from PRI. Featured on more that 75 stations nation-wide during Black History Month (February) 2007, the program celebrates the life and music of WC Handy. Chock-full of Handy's timeless music and interviews with music historians, musicians, and WC Handy himself, WC Handy's Blues offers deep insight into the legendary composer of “St. Louis Blues.”

Hosted by Sweet Honey in the Rock's Ysaye Maria Barnwell.

Featured Voices:
WC Handy, record producer George Avakian, musicologist Elliott Hurwitt, jazz historian Dan Morgenstern, Memphis historian Richard Raichelson, pianist Ellis Marsalis, Dr. Carlos Handy, Minnie Handy Hanson, Edwina Handy DeCosta

Featured Music:
Mississippi Fred McDowell, Ray Bryant, Paul Robison, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, the Isley Brothers, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, Bessie Smith, Pete Seeger, Eubie Blake, Louis Armstrong and many, many more.

Click here to learn more about WC Handy, hear full interviews of guests featured and view more photos.

Listener Inquiries/Comments: WC Handy's Blues, 69 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007
Email: mlm@murraystreet.com
Station Inquiries: Stations may call Matthew Long-Middleton, 1-800-793-1MSE
Programming Information: 212-619-1475
Tapes/Transcripts: 212-619-1475

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