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Jazz Pioneers Honored On Walk Of Fame

Last updated on Monday, September 10, 2007

(RICHMOND) - Some of the early pioneers in jazz were each honored over the weekend with a place on the Gennett Records Walk Of Fame in Richmond, not far from where they recorded their early hits.

The faces of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbeck and Hoagy Carmichael are among those in the walk outside of what is left of the Starr Piano Company and Gennett Records Studios.

Hoagy's son, Randy Carmichael, was on hand for the dedication and festivities. He says he's honored by being asked to attend as well as see sculptor Michael McAuley's statue of Hoagy playing his piano.

The Hoagy Carmichael statue is on tour across Indiana until October 31st, when it is scheduled to be permanently installed in his home town of Bloomington.

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