Bob Wilber young

Remembering Bob Wilber

Bob Wilber, one of the finest clarinet and soprano saxophone players, died on August 4th at age 91. Bob was a direct link to his

Jimmy Mazzy

Jimmy Mazzy: The Soul of the Banjo

Early in his career, at places like Your Father’s Moustache and The Salty Banjo, Jimmy Mazzy carved out a place for himself on the bandstand

Judy Garland Johnny One Note

Texas Shout #61 Johnny One Note

Set forth below is the sixty-first “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the May 1995 issue of the West Coast Rag). The text has

vintage music class

Texas Shout #60 Learning To Play, Part 3

Set forth below is the sixtieth “Texas Shout” column. The concluding installment of a three-part essay, (Part 1, Part 2,) it first appeared in the

Vintage Music Class

Texas Shout #59 Learning To Play, Part 2

Set forth below is the fifty-ninth “Texas Shout” column. The second installment of a three-part essay, it first appeared in the March 1995 issue of

Vince Giordano by Aidan Grant

An Important Message from Vince Giordano

What are you—yes YOU—doing to keep traditional jazz alive? That was the recurring theme of my recent conversation with Vince Giordano, leader of the Nighthawks,


Nat King Cole: Profiles in Jazz

The Nat King Cole story is a tale of two major talents, both owned by the same person. Equally skilled as a jazz pianist and


Ethel Waters: Profiles in Jazz

During the 1921-25 period, it seemed as if every African-American female singer who could carry a tune was being rushed into a recording studio to

Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang: Profiles in Jazz

The finest jazz guitarist of his short lifetime, Eddie Lang was masterful as both a melodic soloist and a sophisticated accompanist, whether playing bluesy single-note

at the Starlight – Craig Klein (tb), Earl Bonie (cl), Mitchell Player (bs), Joe Braun (sx), Molly Reeves (gtr), Norbert Susemihl (tp), Steve DeTory (p)

October Ramblings in the French Quarter

FRITZEL’S TURNS FIFTY! – 733 Bourbon – Fritzel’s celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 13th, as not only one of the oldest music clubs but

Vintage bottles at The Sazerac House (Photo Chris Granger)

The Sazerac House Opens on Magazine St.

The grand opening of the Sazerac House at 101 Magazine (at Canal) took place Wednesday, October 2nd. This estimated $50 million project began as a

Columbia Band, c.1902-04

When Prince Ruled Columbia

Charles Prince is a domineering character in the world of record collecting. If you see a pile of early records, the chances are pretty good

The Hager Brothers (illustration by R.S. Baker)

James: The Other Hager Brother

In this column, I often speak of the studio pianists that were the driving force on thousands of records made from 1889 to 1925. Perhaps

Hager(July 1898) phonoscop

Fred Hager tangles with Victor Herbert

In 1895, a twenty year old Fred W. Hager organized his military orchestra of 26 musicians. At that time, Hager was the youngest professional bandleader

Home-Despot Santa

Give a gig this Christmas

This year I saw a covert “holiday” laced commercial in August. The commercial might have been about hemorrhoid cream. I really don’t remember. I do


Everybody Comes to Curley’s!

David Boeddinghaus, Banu Gibson, Tim Laughlin, Chloe Feoranzo, The entire Baker/Clancy family, Ralf and John Reynolds, Bob Ringwald, Dawn Lambeth, Chet Jaeger, and Pieter Meijers

FARGO G Band 1 color

Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra Live!

Live concerts, location recordings and broadcast transcriptions of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra from 1940 to 1963 reveal a distinctive body of work separate

Smalls Jazz Club

Starting Your Own Jazz Club

Do you guys know that old joke: How do end up with a million dollars in the music business?… Start with 2 million and open

I'm sorry I made you cry

A Sincere Apology

Hi folks. I’ve been writing this regular column for a few years now, a pursuit that I’ve very much enjoyed. However, recently I received a

Melton Family John Melton Photo

My Musical Family

My column requires a disclaimer this month because frankly, it amounts to little more than a grandfather bragging obnoxiously about his grandchildren. That written, I’ve

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Joplin’s Landmark School

In my April 2018 column, I wrote of the accomplishments of the good people of Texarkana and the work they are doing to preserve their

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