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    Tadd Dameron and Miles Davis

    Tadd Dameron, born in Cleveland, was a notable arranger and bandleader during the modern jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s. As a bandleader, he discovered trumpeters Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown, and composed many jazz standards. His arranging style influenced many jazz musicians including hard boppers and the futuristic Sun Ra.

    Dameron was born Tadley Ewing Peake in Cleveland February 17, 1917 and attended Central High School. He took the name Dameron after his stepfather. He played piano and began working with Freddie Webster, Zack Whyte, and...

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    front view, schweinfurth houseCleveland Ohio has long been noted for the unique architecture of its older buildings and bridge structures.  The Cleveland Public Library Special Collections Department was fortuitous enough to receive a donation of works of one of the architects responsible for many of the more noted historical buildings and bridges, Charles Freidrich Schweinfurth.

    Charles Schweinfurth was born in 1856 in Auburn, New York to Charles J. and Katharine (Ammon) Schweinfurth.  After Schweinfurth graduated from high school in 1872, Schweinfurth worked at architectural offices...

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    flowers detail of biehle paintingThe Biehle Family were designers and painters who worked on frescoes and decorative paintings for clients such as the Chamber of Commerce, churches, and several of Cleveland’s foremost families.  August Frederick Biehle, Sr. (1856-1918) was born in Freiberg, Baden apprenticed with a “master painter” and attended a trade school to focus on drawing.  Biehle Senior immigrated to Cleveland in 1880 and his works appeared in the Chamber of Commerce as well as many mansions and churches located in the northeastern part of the country.  Of Biehle’s five children, August F....

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