Music: Jam for Jimmy

Jam for Jimmy If Jimmy Yancey didn't actually originate boogie-woogie, he might as well have: he was playing it 35 years ago, long before it became big time. In Chicago, jazz lovers could find Jimmy in such southside clubs as the old Bear Trap No. 1 and Moonlight Inn, shrouded in cigarette smoke, his big eyelids drooping, playing the rich kind of boogie blues that made his fellow Negroes proud and sad, his white listeners rapt and respectful.

Jimmy flipped through vaudeville with the buck & wing before he was 15. Then he settled...

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