September 2020
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Dance Teacher Seeks Bookworm Buddies

Dance Teacher Seeks Bookworm Buddies

Exhausted by six months without swinging out, sociable swing dancers are finding other ways to scratch that interaction itch: outdoor tea dances, pub garden socials,

Doc Cheatham

Remembering Doc Cheatham

Back in 1988 while building the lineup for the Elkhart Jazz Festival, I took a look at Doc Cheatham as an all-star participant; however, when

Steve Yocum

Remembering Steve Yocum

There are many, including myself, who are mourning the loss of one the most colorful and exuberant characters of traditional jazz. Steve Yocum, quite effectively,

Riley Baker drums

Riley Baker: Swingin’ in the Golden State

Multi-instrumentalist Riley Baker is a California native. He is the son of musician Clint Baker and the brother of  TST contributing writer Ramona Baker. Riley

Arnt Arntzen

The Saga of Arnt Arntzen

Thirty-three year-old guitarist/banjoist Arnt Arntzen, younger brother of reedman Evan Arntzen, has quickly established his own presence in New York. Evan was featured in this

Emily Asher

Emily Asher: Keeping it Positive

This summer, trombonist/singer/composer Emily Asher had planned on touring with her band Garden Party, in support of the group’s newest album If I Were a

Texas Shout #29 Picking Tunes You Can Swing

Texas Shout #29 Picking Tunes You Can Swing

Set forth below is the twenty-ninth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the June 1992 issue of  the West Coast Rag, (now Syncopated Times.) As I

Paris Washboard

A Visit with Paris Washboard

The renowned French quartet Paris Washboard made a brief trip across the pond in February to play four concerts in my neck of the woods.

Matt Tolentino Mark Lenz Photo

A Visit with Matt Tolentino

At the West Coast Ragtime Festival in November I sat down for about half an hour for a wide-ranging conversation with multi-instrumentalist Matt Tolentino, who

Benny Goodman 1942

Benny Goodman: Profile in Jazz

He was the “King of Swing,” one of the greatest clarinetists of all time, and an international celebrity by 1936 who is still a household

Bud Freeman, Marty Marsala (Gottlieb_02951)

Bud Freeman: Profile in Jazz

The tenor-saxophone took a little while to be accepted in jazz. Unlike the alto-sax and C-melody which were considered lead instruments, the tenor did not

Jazz Festing in Place

Jazz Festing in Place

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s 50th anniversary celebration was cancelled for the weekends of April 23-26 and April 30-May 3. The local radio

Hagers orchestra caricature(1902)

The Beaux of Bronx Park

In the 1890s and 1900s, military bands were all the rage. From Gilmore’s band to your village community band, they were loved by everyone. One

Justin Ring trio (1922)

What We Don’t Know About Justin Ring

When researching, oftentimes what we don’t know about someone can be more interesting than what we do know. In this situation, it can allow our

Randi Cee

Clichés in the COVID Cabaret

I am a bacon-wrapped cliché, an idiom in puffed pastry. And sometimes I am the wrong that proves the right. I have been absent from

Social Distance Line

Keep Your ?#@*&%! Distance!

My eyes are drilling into a Walgreens cashier as she chats up a small boy with his family. I look to the other person in

Lisdoonvarna-sign

Serendipity in Lisdoonvarna

Of all the adventures I’ve had in my worldly travels, one of my least memorable was a night in Lisdoonvarna. Now when I say least

Adrian Cunningham

Find Something New

Okay, folks—this mess has gone on long enough. The festivals are dropping like flies and I, along with all the other musicians in the scene,

Jazz Club in a Box

Your Own Jazz Club at Home

Okay folks, we’re hitting three months of lockdown. And it seems like there’ll be no live music for some time now, at least not here

Stanley Crouch

Jazz writer Stanley Crouch dies at 74

One of the most recognizable jazz writers of recent decades, Stanley Crouch, died on September 16th, he was 74. In 1979 he renounced the black

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