““Today is an historic event because we are celebrating the centenarial, or 100th birthday, of one of the most preeminent musicians who ever played,” Purnell Steen said as friends, family and strangers gathered to celebrate Charlie Burrell outside of his home in Lowry on Sunday. “He is known as the Jackie Robinson of music. He broke the barriers in classical music and was the first visible African American to play with a symphony orchestra when he came to Denver in 1949.””
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Beaty, Kevin. Denverite 4 October 2020.