Albert Murray (1916–2013) was born in Alabama and graduated from Tuskegee Institute in 1939. His books include South to a Very Old Place, The Hero and the Blues, Train Whistle Guitar, The Spyglass Tree, The Seven League Boots, The Magic Keys, and Stomping the Blues, among others. With Wynton Marsalis and others he was a cofounder of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Murray's collected works are published in two volumes by Library of America.
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