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Portsmouth family has ties to first jazz recording from 1917

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Jazz pianist Nick Sanfilippo of Portsmouth performs at the Wharf Tavern in Warren as his mother, Cindy Edwards (sitting in background at right), looks on. Mr. Sanfilippo is Eddie Edwards' great-grandson, while Ms. Edwards is his granddaughter. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

PORTSMOUTH — Gary Edwards, who grew up on The Beatles, said he probably never would have listened to jazz if not for the music’s historical connection to his family. The Portsmouth High School graduate’s grandfather, Eddie Edwards, was a founding member of the Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB) which, in 1917, made what’s widely regarded to […]

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