The December 2016 holiday issue of Black Grooves, sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture<>, is now available at<>.

This month we're featuring an Overview of Holiday Music <> with new releases from Andra Day, Leslie Odom Jr., Bob Baldwin, Kenny Lattimore, R. Kelly and Big Freedia.  Our Recent Books on Music Recommended for Holiday Giving <> include biographies of Charles Wright (Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band), New Orleans jazz legend Danny Barker, soul icon Curtis Mayfield, and EW&F's Maurice White, as well as Ben Westoff's Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap and Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader.

New releases include Common's Black America Again<>, Solange's A Seat at the Table<>, Dom Flemons & Martin Simpson's Selection of Ever Popular Favourites<>, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra's Basically Baker Vol. 2<> (a tribute to David Baker), Trevor Weston Choral Works <> performed by Trinity Wall Street and Julian Wachner, and the DVD and OST album Miss Sharon Jones<>.

Reissue projects include Dust-to-Digital's book/CD Washington Phillips & his Manzarene Dreams<>, the Bear Family box set Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw<>, the two CD compilation Best of Proverb & Gospel Corner Records: 1959-1969<>, the complete recordings of Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky A Go Go<>, a remastered and expanded edition of the Isley Brothers' Go For Your Guns<>, and two classic Blind Boys of Alabama reissues<> in expanded editions - the holiday album Go Tell It on the Mountain and their 2005 release Atom Bomb.

Wrapping up this issue is the 2017 Blues Images Calendar/CD set 24 Classic Blues Songs from 1920s Vol. 14<> and our list of November 2016 Releases of Note<>.

Brenda Nelson-Strauss
Editor, Black Grooves
Archives of African American Music & Culture
Indiana University
2805 E. 10th Street, Suite 180
Bloomington, IN 47408
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