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        Also known at times as the Versatile Three, the Versatile Four was an Afro-American string band that grew out of the Versatile Entertainers Quintet, an ensemble that performed at James Reese Europe's Clef Club in May 1910. The core players were banjoist Anthony Tuck, born in Danville, VA around 1880; pianist Charles Wenzel Mills, born in Quincy, IL circa 1883; and Chicago drummer Charles Wesley Johnson, believed to have been born in 1885. In yet another professional link with Ja... Read more

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