May 2021
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Brick Fleagle, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

Brick Fleagle: What’s in a Name

My wife Laura I lived in New York City for nearly fourteen exciting years, from early 1983 until the summer of 1996. It seemed that

Joe St. John: A Tale in Two Jazz Cities

Joe St. John: A Tale in Two Jazz Cities

Saxophonist, Joseph Robert St. John had a thirty-year career in Manhattan and Detroit. His New York band battled the great Chick Webb Orchestra and shared a

ukulele-player

Different types of Ukulele tunings

As Ukulele is becoming more popular people are learning the basics of string names and a few basic chords, as well as all the different

Gunhild Carling: Living the Jazz Life

Gunhild Carling: Living the Jazz Life

For some musicians, jazz is the music they play but for multi-talented Gunhild Carling, jazz is her life. She grew up surrounded by it and

Jonathan Stout

Johnathan Stout’s Jazz is Crafted for Dancing

What is authentic swing music? It depends who you ask. Plenty of modern outfits advertise themselves as “authentic” swing musicians—many of them function bands, sporting

Texas Shout #1 "Dixieland"

Texas Shout #1 “Dixieland”

The following introduction was added when the Shouts were reprinted in the late 90s: Set forth below is the initial “Texas Shout” column, reprinted from

Shaye Cohn Head Tap

Texas Shout #54 Jazz Band Hand Signals

Set forth below is the fifty-fourth “Texas Shout” column. The concluding installment of a two-part essay, (part 1,) it first appeared in the September 1994

Texas Shout #13 Playing the Standards

Texas Shout #13 Playing the Standards

Set forth below is the thirteenth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the Holiday Edition 1990 issue of  the West Coast Rag, (Now Syncopated Times.)

Domingo Mancuello

A Visit with Domingo Mancuello

Although pianist Domingo Mancuello (pronounced Man-KWAY-o) lives only three miles from me (but not for long—see below), I did not meet him here in Lancaster.

A cold live show with Champian Fulton

A cold live show with Champian Fulton

Like many of you since the onset of COVID, I’ve been itching to be able to attend live music events and festivals. There just haven’t

Jimmy Rushing (1946)

Jimmy Rushing: Profiles in Jazz

During the swing era, there were two types of male singers that were employed by many big bands, and then there was Jimmy Rushing. While

Cliff Edwards: Profiles in Jazz

Cliff Edwards: Profiles in Jazz

He was a very popular singer and entertainer who, as “Ukulele Ike,” had major accomplishments in the 1920s, he appeared in many films in the

Louis Prima

Louis Prima: Profiles in Jazz

Throughout his long career, Louis Prima was a New Orleans-based trumpeter, a good-humored singer, and a lovable personality. While his wide-ranging career can easily be

Keep on Truckin' in the Quarter

Keep on Truckin’ in the Quarter

Although easing up a bit, the current situation has put a stop to most live music in New Orleans but it has created some alternatives

More Bits and Pieces

More Bits and Pieces

The Orpheum Theater in New Orleans is celebrating its 100th birthday and re-introducing the new Double Dealer speakeasy under the theater. Resembling the backstage setting

Dave Bennet finale

Quarter Notes: Bits and Pieces

The Preservation Hall Foundation has started a new virtual instruction program with lesson plans that apply to K-12 educators, students, and parents. Access is free

With CalBal Live, We Need Not Stop Dancing

With CalBal Live, We Need Not Stop Dancing

As much as I’ve missed dancing during the pandemic—more than I can express, really—it’s not something I’ve sought out online. People have put a ton

Carson and birdies c.1910

The Charming and Cunning Charlie Carson

In 1896, two phonograph engineers were arrested for the first crime not patent related within the recording business. The more famous of the two, Russell

Hager's Two Dollar Overtures

Hager’s Two Dollar Overtures

In 1903, two of the major disc record companies ventured into unexplored territory: long playing records. The Victor talking machine company and Columbia phonograph company

You Can't Kill Death

You Can’t Kill Death

I don’t know who first said it but it’s as true a statement as one can utter: Death is the great equalizer. On Monday, April

Randi Cee

Clichés in the COVID Cabaret

I am a bacon-wrapped cliché, an idiom in puffed pastry. And sometimes I am the wrong that proves the right. I have been absent from

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

Bobby Bruce: Twentieth Century Fiddler

Bobby Bruce: Twentieth Century Fiddler

Fiddler Bobby Bruce lived one of the longest and most diverse professional music careers I’ve encountered, performing and arranging for seven decades in Vaudeville, Jazz,

Whoever's Left Jazz Band

A Quarantine Year in Review

Well folks, it’s been one full year since our lives all fundamentally changed. If you’d have asked me a year ago where we’d be by

Hoarder Record Collection

For the Record

The way we listen to music has changed a lot in the last decade. And I, probably like many of you, have been absorbing music

Can this Marriage Be Saved Adrian crop

Saxophone Repair

As professional musicians, our instruments are our tools of the trade. So, it’s important to keep that instrument in the best possible working condition. Regular

Maple Leaf Rag Contract

Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all

200 Memorable Missouri Musical Memories

Celebrating Missouri’s Music

If anything can dispel the gloom of a negative historical anniversary, it is music. That seems to have been what motivated Dr. Michael J. Budds

Carolina ’Cue Wars…

Carolina ’Cue Wars…

I believe I have made more valuable and lasting friendships in the past year of so-called social isolation, than I have made in the past

Syncopated Times Radio

New Trad Jazz & Swing releases, interviews, live concerts, and a full roster of radio hosts.

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