August 2022
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Rhythm in the Rocks

Rhythm in the Rocks

“I submit that there is nothing that anybody in the world has ever done that is more civilized or sophisticated than to dance elegantly, which

Remembering Burt Bales 1916-1989

Remembering Burt Bales 1916-1989

In 1966, while visiting a friend in San Diego, our conversation turned to my obsession with traditional jazz. My friend said, “I think my dad

Ken Peplowski Fred McIntoshs Jazz Party Aug 17 2014 John Herr

GoFundMe set up for Ken Peplowski

Legends come and legends go. While they walk amongst us, when we have an opportunity to show our gratitude we should strongly consider doing so.

Profiles in Jazz: Charlie Barnet

The New York Classic Seven Make Swiss Time

It may have been the traditional jazz equivalent of a happy accident. The New Orleans jazz band Tuba Skinny couldn’t make its date for Switzerland’s

Texas Shout #22 Christmas Records

Texas Shout #22 Christmas Records

Set forth below is most of the twenty-second “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the October 1991 issue of the West Coast Rag, (now Syncopated

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Texas Shouts #19-21: Chicago Style Dixieland

Set forth below are the combined 19th-21st “Texas Shout” columns. This three-part essay appeared in the July, August, and September 1991 issues of the West Coast

Bix and Tram

Texas Shout #71 Major Labels

Set forth below is the seventy-first “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the April 1996 issue of TAR. The text has not been updated

From The 2022 Glenn Miller Festival

From The 2022 Glenn Miller Festival

On the second weekend in June I attended for the first time the Glenn Miller Festival in Clarinda, Iowa, his birthplace, an event that has

Bing Crosby: Jazz Singer

Bing Crosby: Jazz Singer

In his career, Bing Crosby showed that he could sing practically everything other than opera. Whether it was classic American pop tunes, traditional Irish songs,

Profiles in Jazz: Charlie Barnet

Profiles in Jazz: Charlie Barnet

When one thinks of the top swing era bandleaders, the names of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Harry James

Stuff Smith: Profiles in Jazz

Stuff Smith: Profiles in Jazz

The violin was part of some of the earliest jazz bands in New Orleans but it was not taken seriously as a solo instrument in

A Quarter For Your Thoughts…

Late Summer Events in New Orleans

From French Quarter Festivals and Offbeat Magazine: Satchmo SummerFest presented by Chevron returns for two full days of music, food and celebration! Every year we

Hot Jazz in the Hot (but Dry) Desert

Hot Jazz in the Hot (but Dry) Desert

Starting the summer back in Arizona, the May meeting of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society in Chandler, Arizona, featured Cheryl Thurston’s annual birthday party celebration

How Lucky Can One Gal Be?

How Lucky Can One Gal Be?

The long awaited New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival did take place beginning April 29th through May 8th and delivered all that was promised! We

Len Spencer Goes on Tour

Len Spencer Goes on Tour

In 1899, recording artist Len Spencer decided to make a bold move: take his small group of phonograph friends on tour in a minstrel troupe.

New York City Trip Wrap-Up

New York City Trip Wrap-Up

Even with all the adventures I had in NYC, as described in the previous three articles, there are still a few things I have not

Long Island Haunts of the Hagers

Long Island Haunts of the Hagers

Perhaps the most memorable part of my New York trip was spending two days with the descendants of Fred and Jimmy Hager. On the second

What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

In general, artistic “titles” such as actor, dancer, painter, potter can have a set of preconceived notions or stereotypes that go along with them. I

The Woman Behind the Iron Curtain

The Woman Behind the Iron Curtain

I had an enlightening summer in the mid ’90s. I met a lifelong friend, was employed with work I loved, and had a unique experience

The Real Billie Holiday, Part Three – 1950s

The Real Billie Holiday, Part Three – 1950s

Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan, 1915-59) continued a busy schedule of recordings, concerts, radio broadcasts, television appearances and international tours in the 1950s. Publication of her

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

As a musician, over the years, we occasionally have the opportunity to play with some giants or the industry. And about a decade ago, I

The Age We Live In

The Age We Live In

After many years touring in the US, playing traditional jazz festivals, cruises and what have you, there’s an unavoidable truth that we’ll have to address

Show Business Neighbors

Show Business Neighbors

When Joe Bebco forwarded an inquiry about Max Morath from Anne Phillips recently, I anxiously responded. Anne and her husband, bassist Bill Phillips, were neighbors

Sheet Music Orgy

Sheet Music Orgy

Have you ever immersed yourself in a trivial pursuit while important tasks needed your immediate attention? Well, a friend recently added six inches of sheet

Iowa Bandleader Kenny Paulsen has died

Iowa Bandleader Kenny Paulsen has died

Davenport Iowa based bandleader Kenneth R. “Kenny” Paulsen passed away on July 10th, he was 82. He had a career in law enforcement, working for

Syncopated Times Radio

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

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