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The Jim Kweskin Jug Band celebrates its 50th anniversary

For a group as colorful and influential as it was, the Jim Kweskin Jug Band had a rather dubious start.

Maynard Solomon, cofounder of Vanguard Records, had seen Kweskin perform at Club 47 in Cambridge with a ragtag group of musicians. Afterward Solomon asked Kweskin if he’d like to make a record with that band, to which Kweskin replied, “Well, that’s not a band, but I’d love to make a record.”

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