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Guy Bolton, P. G. Wodehouse, and Jerome Kern at the Princess Theatre in 1916.

1920: The Year Broadway Learned To Syncopate

A playlist providing discographical information for all of the sample tracks follows the article. The arrival of George Gershwin on the Broadway scene, heralded by

Norman Vickers Jazz Room

Norman Vickers: Jazz Doc and More

Norman Vickers is known as a harmonica-playing physician who was a pioneer in his field in his adopted city, and who for the past 40

songs to grow on

Dinah, Keep Blowing Your Horn

Last fall I wrote an essay for The Syncopated Times titled, “Reconsidering “Dixieland Jazz”, How The Name Has Harmed The Music”. It encouraged the remaining

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

Laura Windley

Laura Windley: Accidental Jazz Star

Global pandemics aside, the Mint Julep Jazz Band is enjoying great demand. With band members featured at North Carolina’s Lindy Focus—one of the planet’s biggest

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

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

Wibur DeParis

Wilbur DeParis: Profiles in Jazz

In the 1950s, trombonist Wilbur DeParis led his New New Orleans Jazz Band, one of the most exciting groups of the era. Accomplishing his stated

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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

Fresno Mardi Gras

From the 2020 Fresno Sounds of Mardi Gras

On the second weekend in February the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Fresno was filled with the “Sounds of Mardi Gras.” All four venues are located

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

Handsome Harry Dance

Fred Hager and ‘Handsome Harry’

This month’s article in this column will step away from the usual type of research done here; this month we will explore a bit of

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

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

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

Read Em and Wipe

How to Survive Quarantine

Here we are folks—for most of us, it’s just another day in self-quarantine. How long has it been already? A month, a week, two years?


Thinking Positive

Like many reading this, I suspect you are nearly overwhelmed by the negativism accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a pessimistic time and for many

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