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Tuba Skinny philly

Bringing Tuba Skinny to Philadelphia

We knew Tuba Skinny had a following but we weren’t prepared for a standing room only crowd! I never saw so many joyous, boppin’ people

Paris Washboard

Paris Washboard Make Rare US Tour

Paris Washboard, the renowned French quartet, will be making its first US appearance in over two years, with four concerts in February in Pennsylvania and

just a bill

Texas Shout #65 Lobbying for Jazz

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

jelly roll morton

Jelly Roll Morton: Profiles in Jazz

Jelly Roll Morton was a towering figure in early jazz, and one with a very large number of accomplishments. As a pianist who had his


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

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

Dave Bennet finale

From the 2019 Suncoast Jazz Festival

I just returned from Suncoast Jazz Festival in Clearwater, Florida. Let’s cut to the chase. It was outstanding in every respect; organization, music, venue and

Stoneman Bristol

Fred Hager and the Birth of Country Music

The recent release of Ken Burns’ multi-part documentary Country Music has sparked much conversation in the music history community. Just a few months before this

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

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

Buck Clayton trumpet

Swinging with Trumpeter Buck Clayton

Jazz trumpet player Buck Clayton is best known for his role in the early years of the Count Basie orchestra and sensitive accompaniment to Billie

Defib a1 and a2

Let’s Keep Jazz Alive…

I’ve heard this speech many times since moving to New York…a charitable request to the audience, and somewhat of a plea on behalf of the

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

Syncopated Times COLLAGE

A History of The Syncopated Times

This is supposed to be a column for the new year, but I find myself beginning to write on Thanksgiving Day, thinking of all the

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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