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A Conversation with Guitarist Al Casey

Fats’ ‘Rhythm’ Sideman Remembers Waller, Recording in the 1930s, and Going Electric I was lucky enough to play with Al Casey, the legendary Fats Waller

The Story of Duke Ellington, Part 3: 1939-1951

Duke Ellington’s accomplishments, innovations, and sheer productivity as a bandleader, pianist, arranger and composer were so vast that one or two articles cannot do justice

Ken Peplowski’s Bouncing Again!

This past September, a gaunt Ken Peplowski appeared as the special guest of Frank Vignola at the outdoor Morristown New Jersey Jazz & Blues Festival.

Texas Shout #15 How to Improvise Solos

Set forth below is the fifteenth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the March 1991 issue of the West Coast Rag, (now Syncopated Times.) Because

Texas Shout #25 Popular Histories

Set forth below is the twenty-fifth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the February 1992 issue of  the West Coast Rag, (now Syncopated Times.) The following note

From The 2022 San Diego Jazz Festival

The 2022 San Diego Jazz Festival, the first held in person in three years, got underway on Thanksgiving Eve at the newly (since 2019) expanded

Interview with Chip Templeton

In 1987, Charles H. Templeton, a 1949 graduate of Mississippi State University, donated his collection of 200 antique music players dating from about 1895 to


Glenn Miller: Profiles in Jazz

Of all of the swing era bandleaders, Glenn Miller had more hit records than anyone else in the jazz world, more than Benny Goodman, Artie

Jimmy Dorsey: Profiles in Jazz

When one thinks of the top alto-saxophonists of the swing era, the names of Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter and perhaps Willie Smith (from the Jimmie

Illinois Jacquet: Profiles in Jazz

It was May 26, 1942 and 19-year old tenor-saxophonist Illinois Jacquet was set to be featured on “Flying Home” with the Lionel Hampton big band.

Classic Jazz In Chandler, AZ!

The Arizona Classic Jazz Society held it 33rd annual Festival in Chandler, Arizona, in early November much to the delight of its many members and

Autumn in New…Orleans!

It is glorious time of the year when summer (and hurricane season) ends, when strolls through the French Quarter are pleasant and when parading groups

Fred Hylands 1890s

The Distinction of Fred Hylands

Every pianist has their own style, and as we study the accompaniments of the earliest acoustic recordings of the regular studio pianists of the 1890s

Zon-O-Phone: Universally Dysfunctional

In the late 1880s Thomas Edison perfected his phonograph, and set up the Edison phonograph works in Orange, New Jersey, and at the same time

New Year’s Evolution

Here I am. Just about three years later still not doing much of anything. And unlike many of you it took me until a few

Hollywood Bowl Randi Cee

Sinatra, Lee, and . . . Eilish?

My one concert of 2022 was at The Hollywood Bowl and it was an evening to be remembered. A tribute to two icons of jazz:

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, 1937-49

A Brief History of the Premier All-Women Swing Orchestra The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was a racially mixed sixteen-piece all-women Swing orchestra.  The word ‘International’

Jerry Lewis

As a musician, over the years, we occasionally have the opportunity to play with some giants or the industry. And about a decade ago, I

The Age We Live In

After many years touring in the US, playing traditional jazz festivals, cruises and what have you, there’s an unavoidable truth that we’ll have to address

The Demise of Names & Numbers

We have faced many obituaries of major figures in music since the pandemic and a similar increase in the number of program and event cancellations

Lovestruck Balladeers and Young Pianists

My first attendance at a live concert in months brought many emotions and memories. First, and foremost I was reminded how much pure joy radiates

Louise Tobin dies at 104

Louise Tobin, the last surviving musician to have recorded in the 1930s, died on November 26th; she was 104. Her place in popular history was

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