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Alberta Hunter Blues Performance

Year: 1978, 29 mins
Code: CAT-Alb

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Blues singer Alberta Hunter had a successful career in jazz and blues for 25 years, but quit in 1954 after the death of her mother. For 20 years she worked as a nurse before being "rediscovered" by Barney Josephson, owner of the New York City restaurant / jazz club "The Cookery."

Miss Hunter then resumed her career until her death a few years later. Here the blues singer is seen in concert before a live audience. With Gerald Cook - Piano and Al Hall - Bass.

Music critic Whitney Balliett of the New Yorker Magazine gives background on her career and her place in music.

Performance pieces include:
- 100 Years from Today
- Get Yourself a Working Man
- The Best Things in Life are Free
- I want a Two-Fisted, Double-Jointed, Rough and Ready Man
- Jewish song in Yiddish "I Love You Much Too Much"
- My Castle's Rocking (Composed by Hunter).

Alberta Hunter was an American jazz singer and songwriter who had a successful career from the early 1920s to the late 1950s, and then stopped performing. After twenty years of working as a nurse, in 1977 Hunter successfully resumed her popular singing career until her death.

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