September 2020
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Learning by Listening

Learning by Listening

I took up the clarinet at the age of nineteen. I am totally self taught and do not read music. In fact, I play the

Steve Yocum

Remembering Steve Yocum

There are many, including myself, who are mourning the loss of one the most colorful and exuberant characters of traditional jazz. Steve Yocum, quite effectively,

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

Riley Baker drums

Riley Baker: Swingin’ in the Golden State

Multi-instrumentalist Riley Baker is a California native. He is the son of musician Clint Baker and the brother of  TST contributing writer Ramona Baker. Riley

Viola Smith’s Century in Music- An Interview with the World's Oldest Drummer.

Texas Shout #12 Women in Dixieland

Editors Note: As I was reading Tex Wyndham’s book of collected Shouts this spring I had a growing feeling that they should be shared again.

Taslimah Bey

Texas Shout #62 Contemporary Ragtimers

Set forth below is the sixty-second “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the June 1995 issue of  West Coast Rag, now known as The

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

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

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

Hagers orchestra caricature(1902)

The Beaux of Bronx Park

In the 1890s and 1900s, military bands were all the rage. From Gilmore’s band to your village community band, they were loved by everyone. One

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

Lisdoonvarna-sign

Serendipity in Lisdoonvarna

Of all the adventures I’ve had in my worldly travels, one of my least memorable was a night in Lisdoonvarna. Now when I say least

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,

Stanley Crouch

Jazz writer Stanley Crouch dies at 74

One of the most recognizable jazz writers of recent decades, Stanley Crouch, died on September 16th, he was 74. In 1979 he renounced the black

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