August 2021

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Features

Columns

Jim Fitzgerald and Sorta Dixie
Features
Lew Shaw

Jim Fitzgerald and Sorta Dixie

Jim Fitzgerald was happiest when he was on the bandstand playing for an appreciative audience. Speaking of that special connection between musician and listener, he

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Glen-Gray-Casa-Loma-Orchestra
Letters to the Editor
Syncopated Times

Letters to the Editor August 2021

Enough With the Politics!  To the Editor: Here is my answer to Charles Suhor’s answer to esteemed editor Andy Senior’s “Problem Attic” article in the

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Philco 20 Depression Buster
Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Depression Buster

It often happens that, when I need to cleanse my palate of the taste of drudgery that this gig engenders, I will browse our local

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Helen Kane by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Helen Kane

Helen Kane was born Helen Claire Schroeder in New York City on August 4, 1904. Her first stage experience was in school theatricals, but by

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Flora in the 1970's
My Inspirations
Jeff Barnhart

Flora of Essex

Inspirations can be widely shared or private. We’ve all enjoyed being inspired by a chance encounter with someone who becomes a dear friend or reacquainting

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One Four Brun
Ragtime Vignettes 
Brandon Byrne

One Four Brun

Edward Maraga of El Sereno, California, has adroitly adopted the characteristics of Brun Campbell’s music—simplicity, directness, and undimmed cheerfulness—in his own compositions. The title of

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves
The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

A few years ago while on tour through Europe with my band, we found ourselves in Krakow, Poland. It’s a beautiful old walled city with

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Ragtime Community
Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Our Ragtime Community

I have been thinking a lot about our ragtime community these past months in forced isolation. Not that I have been unaware of the other

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spotted cat
Quarter Notes
Shelly Gallichio

Back in the Quarter Again!

What a wonderful time to be in the French Quarter after all restrictions were lifted on May 28th. Plans began for a visit two weeks

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News and More

Sutter Creek Ragtime T Shirts

Ragtime Music in Sutter Creek

The month of August brings the warm days of summer and the return of the 23rd  Annual “Historic Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival”. This year, the weekend

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Reviews

Off the Beaten Tracks

Dave Doyle

Bert Thompson

Event reviews

Table of Contents

August 2021

Vol.6, No.8 August 2021

Features

Ken Peplowski Bounces Back After COVID, by Schaen Fox

“Lady Luck” and the Career of an Entertainer, by Max Morath with Larry Melton

History of the Galvanized Jazz Band, Part 2: The Millpond Years, by Art Hovey

Darnell Howard: A Musician’s Life, Part One, by Andrew J. Sammut

UnSwung Heroes Are Too Good Just for Weddings, by Dave Doyle

A Digital Conversation with Hal Isbitz, by Matthew de Lacey Davidson

Columns

Jazz Birthday of the Month: Helen Kane, illustration by Joe Busam

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior

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