August 2020


songs to grow on

Dinah, Keep Blowing Your Horn

Last fall I wrote an essay for The Syncopated Times titled, “Reconsidering “Dixieland Jazz”, How The Name Has Harmed The Music”. It encouraged the remaining

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News and More


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor August 2020

To the Editor: Congratulations to Scott Yanow on another great profile, Bud Freeman, in the July Syncopated Times. Your description of what he brought as

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Adrian Cunningham
The Professor Is IN

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,

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Static From My Attic

Notes on the Long Intermission

If anything is musically analogous to this historical fermata, it must be the chorus-length note held by Carmen Lombardo on the Royal Canadians’ classic (and

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Abe Lyman
Jazz Birthday

Abe Lyman

Abe Lyman was born Abraham Simon on August 4, 1897, in Chicago, Illinois. He and his brother Mike changed their last name to Lyman because

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The Syncopated Bookshelf

Album Reviews

Ultimate Peggy Lee

The Ultimate Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee (nee Norma Deloris Egstrom) was one of the vocalists who made their mark with big bands in the 1940s. Some of these included

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Off the Beaten Tracks

Nights at the Turntable

Stu Pletcher 1924-1937

Stu Pletcher 1924-1937

Stu Pletcher (1907-78) was never a major name and he had a surprisingly brief career in the spotlight. His son, Tom Pletcher, had a more

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The Final Chorus

Table of Contents

August 2020


Emily Asher: Keeping it Positive, by Brian R. Sheridan
From the Brass Section to the World, by Steve Provizer
Norman Vickers: Jazz Doc and More, by Lew Shaw
Steve Pistorius: Standard Bearer of New Orleans Jazz, by Hal Smith
1920: The Year Broadway Learned to Syncopate, by Roger K. Smith
Laura Windley: Accidental Jazz Star, by Dave Doyle
Sheila Jordan: A Visit With the Jazz Child, by Steve Provizer


Jazz Birthday of the Month: Abe Lyman, illustration by Joe Busam
Static from my Attic by Andy Senior

Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco
Jazz Jottings, by Lew Shaw
Frank Big Boy Goudie Pt. 2: 1939-56, by Dave Radlauer
The Professor is IN: “Try Something New”, by Adrian Cunningham
Quarter Notes: Quotes for Quarantine, by Shelly Gallichio
The Beginning of the Manufactured Hit, by R.S. Baker
Jazz Travels: Joan Dragon, by Bill Hoffman
Festival Roundup, compiled by Joe Bebco
Blowing off the Dust: Lucille Salerno, by Larry Melton
Profiles in Jazz: Benny Goodman, by Scott Yanow
Readers’ Letters


Bertini Creates “All Warmed Up” Gear for Trumpeters, by Russ Tarby
“Jigsaw Puzzle in Time of Covid-19” (poem), by Ray Skjelbred


More of the Same? Yes Please, Greg!, CD Review by Dave Doyle
CD review: Just Imagine, by F. Norman Vickers
Nights at the Turntable, CD reviews by Scott Yanow
Glenn Jenks’ Complete Ragtime Works for Piano, review by Ed Berlin
Off the Beaten Tracks, CD reviews by Joe Bebco
Dixieland Goes Dutch, review by Bert Thompson
Ultimate Peggy Lee review by Steve Provizer
Reel Jazz! Kevin Whitehead Dissects 93 Years of Jazz Films, by Russ Tarby

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