​Gard Nilssen performs with his Accoustic Unity ensemble during the 2019 jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Germany.

(Photo: Jens Schlenker)

The Culmination of Drummer Gard Nilssen’s Dreams

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Sarah Vaughan (1924–1990)

(Photo: Nationaal Archief, The Hague)

Sarah Vaughan and Greatness

Complexes of one sort or another are often by-products of greatness.

As Sarah Vaughan recalls it, her life began with a devastating, unutterable resentment of being dark skinned and unattractive.

“I often wished I was a medium-brown skin color,” she once said. “I imagined people that color were regarded more highly than I. To most persons who knew me, I thought, I was just another little black girl for whom the future was just as dark as it was for thousands of others like me.”

As a child, Vaughan remembers, she had dreams of being…

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