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Datebook: August 4 – 90th birthday of Herb Ellis

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American jazz guitarist Mitchell Herbert “Herb” Ellis was born on August 4, 1921.  In addition to being a staple of west-coast studio recording sessions, Ellis is well-known for performing with the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1953 to 1958 along with pianist Peterson and bassist Ray Brown.  His inclusion in the trio provoked controversy; he was the only white person in the group in a time when racism was still very much widespread.  Ellis died on March 28, 2010.


It’s Thursday, August 4.

Stefan Jagoe presents “African American Genealogical Research: Tips and Tools to help you find your black roots” for Evenings Upstairs at the McCracken County Public Library tonight at 7.  An avid genealogist, Jagoe is Youth Minister at Grace Episcopal Church in Paducah.

Political speaking starts at 2 p.m. at the legendary Fancy Farm Picnic on the grounds of St. Jerome’s Catholic Church Saturday. The picnic actually starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a fish fry at the Knights of Columbus Hall with Lew Jetton and 61 South performing later. Saturday’s activities start at 10 a.m., including Bingo and barbecue. Jennifer Fox and the Pillow Fighters perform Saturday night. Details at

Murray State’s Department of History’s 10th Annual Dr. James W. Hammack, Jr. Scholarship Banquet on September 17 features UNC-Charlotte historian Dr. Karen L. Cox. She speaks on “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture.” $40 ticket reservations are due by September 10 at 270-809-2234.

Take care. Thanks for being with us.




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