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Ellington and group in Louis Thomas' cabaret, 901 R St. NW in Washington DC.

The Story of Duke Ellington, Part 1: 1899-1929

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

Why Bands Break Up

Anybody who wonders why a band breaks up has never been in a real band. Allow me to give a great example. Before I moved

Dave Jasen: A Remembrance

In the area of ragtime, Dave Jasen—who died Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at age 84—was an institution. He wrote the definitive books on the subject

Dukes and Louis Armstrong

Texas Shout #67 Dixieland Revisited

Set forth below is the sixty-seventh “Texas Shout” column. The initial installment of a two-part essay, it first appeared in the November 1995 issue of 

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 Museum Bill Hoffman

The Glenn Miller House and Museum

When I attended the Glenn Miller Festival in June in Clarinda, Iowa, I visited his namesake museum, located directly behind the house in which he

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.

Charlie Shavers

Charlie Shavers: Profiles in Jazz

When one thinks of the great swing trumpeters of the 1930s and ’40s, the names of Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan, Henry “Red” Allen, Harry James,

Jimmie Lunceford

Jimmie Lunceford: Profiles in Jazz

Of all of the successful big band leaders of the swing era, Jimmie Lunceford had one of the most unusual beginnings. While most leaders were

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

Swing That Music!

In Chandler, Arizona, the Arizona Classic Jazz Society reconvened after their summer hiatus to enjoy the Wildcat Jazz Band at their monthly event in September.

Hot Jazz and Cool Breezes!

Leaving Southern Arizona’s summer heat for the cooler mountains of Northern Arizona, it was time to attend the Prescott Jazz Summit for a weekend of

Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues

One could fill a bookshelf with Louis Armstrong biographies, and any film that would tell the great man’s complete story would have to be many

Emmet Cohen Trio at Ithaca College

Hotshot pianist Emmet Cohen brought his well-traveled trio with bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Kyle Poole to Ithaca College August 26, 2022, for a freewheeling

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

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:

What’s in a Name?

In general, artistic “titles” such as actor, dancer, painter, potter can have a set of preconceived notions or stereotypes that go along with them. I

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

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

More Reflections on Treemonisha

I have written a lot about Treemonisha over the years and since 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the first two fully staged productions of

Remembering Leon Dudley

I have met or learned of some of the most interesting people through conversations with Max Morath. Recently he happened to mention his work in

James H. Maihack 1935-2022

The world of Trad Jazz has lost another light. Jim Maihack died on April 30, 2022, of a massive brain hemorrhage that none of us

David Alan Jasen 1937-2022

“I could see that, if not entirely disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters Dave Jasen always seemed

Tom Tucker of Cornet Chop Suey has died.

Tom Tucker passed away on July 2nd, he was 86. According to his family obituary “his best life began” when after retirement he became a member

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