Ain’t Cha Got Letters?

Jeff Barnhart: Hal, last month I mentioned we’d continue with an exploration of the seminal early jazz classic, “Copenhagen.” Let’s postpone that for a month to share some of the terrific feedback and stories we’ve received from readers of our column since its inception. Hal Smith: I’m very happy to know that so many TST readers are enjoying our discussions on a wide range of topics. JB: One of the earliest emails we received (March 24, 2021) was from Jim Reiners, who for years has been involved with producing the Evergreen Jazz Festival in Evergreen, CO: Jim Reiners: Hal & Jeff, Just a quick note to say how thoroughly I am enjoying your monthly contribution to TST! Lively, interesting and entertaining, and a great outlet for all of your combined knowledge! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us. HS: Jim knows a lot about traditional jazz and swing and he has excellent taste in both styles of music. I really value his compliments regarding our columns! JB: And here’s one dated June 4, 2021, from our friend (and terrific musician and arranger), Dan Levinson, referencing our column on “Panama” (June/July 2021): Dan Levinson: I don’t know if you’re aware that I taught a virtual “master class” on that piece for Molly and Bria’s New York Hot Jazz Camp (via Zoom) last October. I listened to and dissected 39 versions of it, recorded between 1911 (actual
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Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer. Visit him online at Email: [email protected]

Hal Smith is an Arkansas-based drummer and writer. He leads the New Orleans Night Owls and the
Mortonia Seven and works with a variety of jazz and swing bands. Visit him online at

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