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Burgin Mathews

February 26, 2024

What do jazz legends Erskine Hawkins and Sun Ra have in common? They both grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. On this episode of Inquiry we talk with BURGIN MATHEWS. He is a writer, a radio host, and the founding director of the non-profit  Southern Music Research Center. We will be talking about his book: MAGIC CITY: HOW THE BIRMINGHAM JAZZ TRADITION SHAPED THE SOUND OF AMERICA.