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Funk Rust Brass Band

Teaching Music over Live Stream

In 2020 millions of musicians have experimented in creative ways out of necessity, making new and old technology their instrument. This is especially true in

Red Callender on bass

Red Callender: A Very Quiet Giant

The late music writer and producer, Stanley Dance, shared the opinion, common in the East, that “Los Angeles was a wasteland dominated by the bad

JazzFest at Sea to Sail in Fall of 2021

JazzFest at Sea to Sail in Fall of 2021

The 17th JazzFest at Sea will take place onboard the MSC Divina, departing from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean on October 3,

Dartmouth Five Jazz Band

Scott Anthony: My Life as a Banjoist

Pre-Banjo Years  Music and playing music came fairly early in my life, but not on the banjo. I vaguely remember taking a year of piano

jazz reference books

Texas Shout #42 Reference Books

Set forth below is the forty-second “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the August 1993 issue of West Coast Rag now The Syncopated Times.

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

Edmond Hall

Edmond Hall: Profiles in Jazz

Edmond Hall was one of a handful of jazz musicians who could be identified after one note. Playing on a famous filmed version of “St.

The Quiet Quarter

The Quiet Quarter

Live music venues are still not open in the French Quarter. Since May, the Jazz Museum on Esplanade is enjoying Tuesday afternoon “balcony concerts” outside

DUKES of Dixieland leader Kevin Clark with Jory Woodis

Jory Woodis: Timing Is Everything

In October of 2019, we saw Jory Woodis, a young clarinetist at Fritzel’s who had a captivating sound and personality. Later we saw him at

Justin Ring and Fred Hager in 1902.

Milo and Rega

Justin Ring had a lot of love to give in his long life, as he cared for so many close friends and family. Later in

Justin Ring's family (late 1920's)

Justin Ring’s Family Life

For many decades, Justin Ring has been an elusive character in the world of early recording and ragtime. Researcher Jim Walsh spoke of him only

Songwriter Edgar Thornton Farran (illustration by the author)

Edgar T. Farran: The Third Man

Around the first half of 1905, Justin Ring and Fred Hager split up, and they spent nearly a decade apart from each other. With such

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

W.C. Handy Oval Portrait

W. C. Handy Remembers

The music, words and voice of William Christopher Handy (1873-1958) reveal his passion for Blues music and African American culture. He was one of the earliest gathering

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

Jazz is a unique tradition, one that continues to evolve from its humble New Orleans roots. This noble American art form is unique within Western

Railroad Rag

Ragtime and the Railroads

Recently, I have been considering the relationship between ragtime and the railroads more intently than ever. First, because Marcello Piras wrote to inquire about railroad


The Saga of Brun Campbell Challenged

When I get a message from Ed Berlin, it gets my immediate attention. Last month I received a most fascinating document Ed was passing along,

Viola Smith photo: Laura Barrett

Drummer Viola Smith has died at 107

We are saddened by the news of the passing of legendary drummer Viola Smith, who died October 21 at her home in Costa Mesa, California.

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