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What’s New in Old School

When I saw Leyla McCalla’s name on the program for the opening-night reception at the National Artist Teacher Fellowship convening in Boston last October, all I saw was: cellist. Oh goodie, I thought, modern classical music . . . That’s just what I want after a long day of airport foolishness. Because I failed to read very far into her bio, I missed the fact that she had been among the several differing line-ups of critically acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American old-time band whose music I really… Read more What’s New in Old School