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Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin

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At 10:41pm on November 22, 2010, FREDERICK D PUGH III said…
ken i misplaced your no. and i also would like toget together with you on a time for a practice. please give me a call as soon as possibe. thanks fred
At 2:19am on September 1, 2010, Roger Barbour Sr said…
HI Kennard, Nice to hear from you. As I write this comment i'm sitting here digging your great guitar sounds. I enjoyed the gigs that we did together a while back, and also thanks for the encouraging words you gave me. Keep on Jammin' Sincerely, Roger barbour
At 5:21pm on August 23, 2010, Michelle gave Kennard Roosevelt Williams a gift
At 3:21pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Kennard Williams,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass

New Website: http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/

Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, i' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.File free to add me if you want.
At 3:18pm on August 23, 2010, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear Kennard,

Thanks for your gratitude.I'm a member.

Marta:)
At 3:03pm on July 26, 2010, Garl Germany III said…
Nice meeting and jammin with you late nlight
At 1:11pm on May 19, 2010, Michelle said…
Thank you for accepting my friend request. I love your blog, "The Musical Hill". It sent chills through me when you mentioned my all time favorite vocalist, Phyllis Hyman...wow. And thank you so much for the kind words. I hope you will pay us a visit sometime or just stop in to say hello to the owner, Simmone Godson who like myself is a lover of music and people...we would love to hear some of your stories.
At 10:10am on January 4, 2010, Luther DeJarunett said…
HAPPY NEW YEAR, KENNARD! THE MUSIC IS SOUNDING VERY GOOD, AS ALWAYS! I THINK THAT "BUT BEAUTIFUL" IS MY NEW FAVORITE! ALL THE BEST TO YOU IN 2010!!!
At 7:25pm on December 3, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
Christmas Time is nice!
At 6:17pm on October 24, 2009, Shawnee Lake said…
Where are you? I went to Tanna Restaurant in East Liberty last Wed. and the band rocked the house. Some musicians sat in and I sang a song. You might want to stop by some Wednesday.
At 8:58pm on September 28, 2009, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear kennard,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage- http://www.freewebs.com/miartemartagracielabressi- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration known to the world:

http://www.freewebs.com/mindsofglass

Regards,

Marta
At 8:48pm on September 28, 2009, Marta Graciela Bressi said…
Dear kennard,

¨But beautiful¨ is very sweet..!!!

Regards.

Marta
At 2:41am on September 25, 2009, Ahlayashabi said…
your Guitar playing is fabulous I love the sound. I wish I could play like that.
At 4:36pm on June 6, 2009, Eric Watson said…
Thanks big bro, you sound great! ...I can't wait until we can sit down together again with these guitars.... Love YOU !!!

Eric
At 4:36pm on May 3, 2009, ROBERTA said…
Kennard,
What a beautiful tribute to all mothers! You have a wonderful talent and I want to thank you so very much for sharing.
Bert
At 4:24am on April 21, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
Kennard, thanks for sharing 'Mother's Day', it's great!
At 1:08am on April 18, 2009, Willie Ali Parham said…
Kennard, hey what's up? I appreciated that advise about the pgh.jazz net.
It is totally a groove,and I'm here listening to your rendition of Song for My Father. How sweet it is. I miss playing songs with you at the Jug. Remember? Just thought I thank you for the tip. Peace Ali.
At 3:28pm on April 14, 2009, L'Tanya Williams said…
Likewise!!! I enjoyed chatting with you last night. I look forward to seeing you again soon!!!
At 7:05am on April 13, 2009, Luther DeJarunett said…
Hi Kennard! I've been hanging out on your page for a while. I listened to all the tunes, and I enjoyed them even more than when you first shared them with me! You tell a great story!
At 6:54pm on April 6, 2009, Dr. Martin E. Rosenberg said…
Hi Kennard: You are too kind! Please, let's get together play some tunes sometime!

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