Artist Profiles

John Edward Hasse rewirement

John Edward Hasse, The Music Man

Few jazz fans would argue the value of ragtime, including both its continued popularity and its huge contribution to the early development of jazz. And

David Broad

David Broad’s Swinging Country Blues

Britain has a few reasons to be blue. Our economy is shrinking. Our politics is an international joke. And the weather this summer has been

Trebor Jay Tichenor A Genuine Ragtimer

Trebor Jay Tichenor A Genuine Ragtimer

To have known Trebor Jay Tichenor is to have known a ragtime legend. In fact, this St. Louisan might have been a ragtime original had

Andy Schumm

Andy Schumm: Chicago’s Hot Jazz Maestro

Chicago’s reputation in the Jazz world is indisputable. Often considered the nursery of jazz, many of the greats came here, called it home and nursed

The Andersons Come Out Swinging!

The Andersons Come Out Swinging!

When asked what attracted them to jazz, the response you get from Pete and Will Anderson is “The jazz bug hit us very early on.

Nicola Farnon Sings and Swings!

Nicola Farnon Sings and Swings!

Nicola Farnon is surely living most musicians’ dream. In demand throughout Europe, the well-travelled jazz singer and bassist toured Ukraine last month. She has played

Original Winiker Family Band Bill Winiker

The Winikers: A Lineage of Great Jazz

I first heard trumpeter Bo and drummer Bill Winiker play at a wedding in the late 1970s and they were terrific. They swung like crazy

John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli Celebrates King Cole

March 17th marked the 100th birthday of the late Nathaniel Adams Coles, aka Nat “King” Cole, and guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli isn’t letting that important milestone

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Ed Laub Swings the Strings in NJ

When I see the long lists of famous musicians from New Jersey, it makes me wonder whether it’s all coincidental or, maybe, there’s really something

C.W. Stoneking Steel Guitar

C.W. Stoneking: Hokum Down Under

“… One afternoon, back in Port of Spain, Trinidad, I met four scientists in a bar, they were on their way to West Africa to

Catherine Russell is Jazz Royalty

Catherine Russell is Jazz Royalty

Singer Catherine Russell is jazz royalty, a queen of jazz, soul, and blues. Her crown comes not only from her immense talent as a vocalist

Kristen Mosca

Kristen Mosca- Ragtime Reaching Millions

You may have already stumbled upon Kristen Mosca on Youtube. Out of a handful of pianists drawing attention for their video posts, she seems to

Matt Dusk: In Sinatra’s Footsteps

Matt Dusk: In Sinatra’s Footsteps

Since high school, Canadian jazz singer Matt Dusk has dreamed of swaggering in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. So

Ehud Asherie: “A Jazz Polymath”

Ehud Asherie: “A Jazz Polymath”

Ehud Asherie has definitely taken a circuitous route to becoming a professional musician. The 39-year-old pianist was born in Israel, lived in Italy for six

Kat Edmonson’s New World of Vintage Pop

Kat Edmonson’s New World of Vintage Pop

Movies can help us dream. They can show us a world of possibilities or places long gone or places that never were. For singer/songwriter Kat

Greg Ruby: Seattle's Syncopated Classic

Greg Ruby: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic

Update: The Oscar Alemán Play-Along Songbook Vol. 1  is now available at gregrubymusic.com   Finding Lost Jazz History in Seattle Guitarist Greg Ruby Celebrates the

Dandy Wellington: ‘Life Is an Occasion’

Dandy Wellington: ‘Life Is an Occasion’

The Harlem-based Bandleader Ruminates on Music, Performance, and Style William Shakespeare once famously asked “What’s in a name?” That line from Romeo and Juliet could

Adrian Cunningham: The Professor Swings

Adrian Cunningham: The Professor Swings

Australian-born Adrian Cunningham got hooked on jazz early in life listening to his father’s collection of 78 RPM records. As he began to achieve success

Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg: A New Force in Jazz

It was about 15 years ago that I first began to hear rave reports about a young Canadian trumpet player who was taking the Dixieland

Evan Arntzen Carries Family Tradition Forward

Evan Arntzen Carries Family Tradition Forward

Four generations of reedman Evan Arntzen’s family have been merry music makers. Covering more than 100 years. Evan’s great-grandfather came to North America from Norway

Steve Ross: The King of Cabaret

Steve Ross: The King of Cabaret

When New York City pianist-singer Bobby Short died in 2005, Steve Ross, the “crown prince of cabaret” as the New York Times dubbed him, became

Colin Hancock Portrait

Colin Hancock: Bolden and Beyond

At age 21, Colin Hancock is making serious waves in the early jazz community. Hancock, now in his junior year at Cornell University, discovered the

Sam Post’s Ragtime Obsession

Sam Post’s Ragtime Obsession

At a time when most people are just beginning to hit their stride, Sam Post already has a long list of accomplishments to his name

Chuck Redd: A Drummer’s Odyssey

Chuck Redd: A Drummer’s Odyssey

Percussionist Chuck Redd (photo courtesy allaboutjazz.com) Chuck Redd has a growing reputation as one of the top performers on the jazz circuit today who is

Mike Davis Finds the Way Back

Mike Davis Finds the Way Back

The ‘Transcendent’ Purpose and Relevance of Early Jazz Mike Davis may be the most ubiquitous trumpet player in New York City. On any given night,

Randy Sandke

Randy Sandke: A Study in Versatility

Versatility and innovation are two terms that most appropriately can be applied to trumpeter Randy Sandke, although he considers himself more of a survivor who

Evan Christopher "Craft is not Subjective"

Evan Christopher “Craft is not Subjective”

Evan Christopher (photo ©2014 Ima Garmendia, courtesy www.clarinetroad.com) Traveling the Clarinet Road Evan Christopher is passionate about two things: the style in which he plays

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

For an evening of nostalgia, good music, and light humor, be sure to catch Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester if they happen to pass

Muriel Anderson Playing Harp Guitar

Muriel Anderson Playing Harp Guitar

A New Guitar Voice Muriel Anderson, a remarkable musician, is in the top echelon of international guitarists, and perhaps one of the most versatile. Her

Howard Alden: Master of the Guitars

Howard Alden: Master of the Guitars

Editors Note: Our October 2018 issue features a review of one of Howard Alden’s current projects: The Great Banjo Summit & Other Things with Strings

Brian Holland: Predestined to Perform

Brian Holland: Predestined to Perform

Brian Holland feels that his career as a professional musician was preordained. His music existence began at the age of 3. Blessed with perfect pitch

Joey Alexander: Jazz’s Newest Sensation

Joey Alexander: Jazz’s Newest Sensation

You’ve heard about this phenom of the keyboard from Indonesia. You’ve read the lavish praise served up by the pundits of the jazz community and

Veronica Swift Swings the Rochester Jazz Fest

Veronica Swift in the Fast Lane

She may be just 22 years of age, but jazz singer Veronica Swift is no novice. The daughter of veteran jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and

Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick: Broadway and More

Paolo Alderighi: Spreading Joy for Jazz

When asked for his first impression on meeting Stephanie Trick in 2008 at a festival in Switzerland, Paolo Alderighi responded without hesitation, “I was totally

Banu Gibson- By Myself

Banu Gibson: First Lady of the Bayou

The name Banu (pronounced “Bah-new”) means “lady” in Persian. Other sources say the name comes from “Peri-Banu,” a genie-woman mentioned in Arabian Nights. A person

Glenn Crytzer

Glenn Crytzer: Composing the New Classics

One of notable (and somewhat problematic) characteristics of prewar jazz is the finite number of tunes from the era—not that “finite” means “small.” A bandleader

Ida Blue: Brooklyn’s Boss of the Blues

Ida Blue: Brooklyn’s Boss of the Blues

‘Seismic’ blues singer raises the Yerba Buena Stompers to new heights Why does Ida sing the blues? It’s like asking why the moon glows, and

Richard Dowling and the Definitive Joplin

Richard Dowling and the Definitive Joplin

It’s not uncommon that certain musicians who have achieved a degree of renown as interpreters of the classical repertoire dip into other realms of music

Katie Cavera: Always Sunny Side Up

Katie Cavera: Always Sunny Side Up

An indication of Katie Cavera’s popularity can easily be found by checking her calendar of upcoming engagements, which shows consistent bookings into January 2018. She

Janet Klein: The Past, Perfect

Janet Klein: The Past, Perfect

An artist is by definition a misfit and a malcontent: one who, upon finding reality unsatisfactory reaches to make or find meaning through inspired creative

Tim Laughlin and Connie Jones

Tim Laughlin: New Orleans’ Swinging Son

Tim Laughlin [LOCK-lin] has been tabbed “The Swinging Son of New Orleans.” He determined early in his career that he wanted to separate himself from

Matt Tolentino

Matt Tolentino: Sweet Rhythm in Dallas

At first appearance, Singapore Slingers leader Matt Tolentino seems a living definition of the word “anachronism.” He might be an impeccably-groomed Jazz Age time-traveler, dropped

Scott Robinson Tenormore

Scott Robinson: Futuristic Jazzman

A highly-respected performer in all areas of jazz from traditional to avant-garde, Scott Robinson has established his own unique musical voice, which was described in

The Hot Sardines: The Latest Rage

The Hot Sardines: The Latest Rage

The “hot” band touring the country these days is appropriately named The Hot Sardines. This eight-member group out of New York City has six musicians,

John Allred: Carrying Forward a Family Legacy

John Allred: Carrying Forward a Family Legacy

From great-grandmother to grandfather to father to son. That’s the musical legacy of the Allred family. John Allred’s great-grandmother was born near New Orleans in

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