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Maywood Bookstore Owner Reflects on Father, Who Worked with Duke Ellington

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Irving Bunton and the Englewood High School acapella choir, early 1960s. | Caption: Chicago Sun-Times | Below: Irving Bunton

Irving Bunton.jpgSaturday, June 18, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

During a recent segment of the Maywood-based Comcast television show, “Black Man Perspective,” Nzingha Nommo, owner of Afri-Ware Books, Gifts and Cultural Events in Maywood, shared the amazing story of her father — a musician whose choir once backed Duke Ellington.

“My father’s legacy is profound in the classical and choral area,” Nommo recalled. “He just soared. It wasn’t until we were adults that we found out that Duke Ellington handpicked my father’s choir, at the time called the Irving Bunton Singers, to perform as part of an exposition held at Arie Crown Theater. The name of the production was ‘My People.’ It’s available on CD.”

To read more on Bunton, click here. Watch the entire segment below:

Part I

Part II

Part III

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