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Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers

Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers

Albany Records, TROY1293

Legend: Violin Music of African-American Composers
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The second volume in the Recorded Music of the African Diaspora series will be released on August 1, 2011. Violinist Tami Lee Hughes and pianist Ellen Bottorff, both on the music faculty at the University of Kansas, present a collection of works that span a wide range of dates, styles, and genres.

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Cover image: “Initially Yours,” created in February 2011 by Alicia McDaniel. Used by permission of the artist.

Artist Biographies

Tami Lee Hughes is a premier solo artist who has appeared extensively as a recitalist, as a recording artist, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. She serves as a frequent guest clinician and, as an advocate for music outreach, performs for public school outreach programs. She earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan and is Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Kansas.

Ellen R. Bottorff is a highly respected collaborative pianist and has toured, recorded, and appeared extensively as a recitalist. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music and is Lecturer in Piano at the University of Kansas, where she also directs chamber music and the collaborative piano division.

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  • Francis Johnson, Bingham’s Cotillion (1820)

  • George Morrison, Five Violin Solos (1947)

  • David N. Baker, Jazz Suite (1979)

  • Ozie Cargile, Mixed Feelings (2000)

  • Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes, S.L.I.C.E. (2009)