JAZZ LEGEND

While still in his teens, guitarist Calvin Newborn cut his teeth playing with the house band in West Memphis, Arkansas’ Plantation Inn Club. This group, which included his older brother, pianist Phineas Newborn, backed up B.B. King on the blues guru’s first recordings. Since then, Calvin has been a powerful presence in jazz and blues, giving guitar lessons to Howlin’ Wolf, influencing Elvis Presley and playing with fellow mighty musicians Earl Fatha Hines, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles and Count Basie, while enjoying a notable solo career.

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