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Cleo Brown

Cleo Brown - pianist, vocalist (1909 - 1995)

Cleo Brown bears the distinction of being the first woman instrumentalist honored with the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship. Her family moved to Chicago in 1919 and four years later, at age 14, she started working professionally with a vaudeville show. Her brother Everett, who worked with “Pine Top” Smith, taught her the boogie woogie piano style that became her trademark.

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