Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: The visual history behind the new film

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Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band pose for a studio group shot c 1924-25 with 'Gabriel', Albert Wynn, Dave Nelson, Ma Rainey, Ed Pollack and Thomas A Dorsey. (Photo by JP Jazz Archive/Redferns)
Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band pose for a studio group shot c 1924-25 with 'Gabriel', Albert Wynn, Dave Nelson, Ma Rainey, Ed Pollack and Thomas A Dorsey. (Photo by JP Jazz Archive/Redferns)

Known for her nasal moaning voice, a dynamic disposition, her vigorous vocal ability and songs with superlative phrasing, Ma Rainey is remembered as the mother of the blues. 

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