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Simone at a concert in Morlaix, France, May 1982
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The late jazz legend Nina Simone has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Netflix aired a documentary about her titled “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Another documentary, “The Amazing Nina Simone,” is scheduled for later this year, as is a biopic, “Nina,” starring Zoe Saldana.

Count Basie, in concert with Big Joe Williams and Oscar Peterson at the Congress Center Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany in 1974.
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While he will always be remembered as Count Basie, “Count” wasn’t always part of his name.

It was added when an announcer at the Reno Club in Kansas City joked that Basie’s first name, Bill, was too plain compared to his contemporaries “Duke” Ellington and Earl "Fatha" Hines.

The announcer then said he would refer to Basie as “Count” from then on. The name stuck, and Count Basie was born.

Simone at a concert in Morlaix, France, May 1982
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Atlanta vocalist and pianist Terry Harper will be among the artists paying homage to the late Nina Simone this weekend at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Harper, who has frequently played at such local jazz haunts as Churchill Grounds and Cafe 290, will be included in “Four Women – A Tribute to Nina Simone,” which begins Sunday at 3 p.m. at the main stage at Piedmont Park.

Diane Shuur
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After more than three decades, “Deedles” is going strong.

Diane Schuur, the Grammy-winning vocalist and pianist noted for her jazz and pop collaborations, will be a featured performer at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.

She’ll be taking the main stage at Piedmont Park on Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m.