Original Airdate: 2/1/1976
Afro-American women musicians
Music - Performance
Public Affairs: Current Events
Program focuses on the music of Dinah Washington and the tradition of African American female musicians that she participated in. Host Hayes Burnett, a bass player, provides brief biographical information about Washington and interviews both Washington's husband Dick Lane and vocalist Mae Arnette (who was early in her career when Washington was at the height of hers). Both guests discuss what Washington was like, the origins of her music, the difficulties inherent to being a female, African American, musician, and what her life was like just before she died. Additional segments include a vocal performance by Arnette, a bass performance by Burnett (with accompaniment), "Information" (on the origins of African American music), and "Commentary" by Hayes Burnett (on the great African American female musicians).
Marita Muhammad Rivero
Mae Arnette (vocalist)
Hayes Burnett (musician)
Tony Davis (production assistant)
Huntley Nicholas Jr. (film sound)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)
Kaisan Tsiang (assistant cameraman)
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