August 2023

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Ain't Cha Got Music?

Clifford Hayes Meets the Earl of Victor

Jeff Barnhart: Hal, this month we’re concluding our discussion of the music produced by violinist Clifford Hayes and Co. Starting as the Dixieland Jug Blowers,

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Blowing Off The Dust

Three Cent Donation

For the next year I will be blowing the dust off stories of the first Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival held in Sedalia, MO, July 25-27,

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My Inspirations


I’m aware that this will be the second month in a row I’m dwelling on dear ones who, to quote Sondheim, “leave you halfway through

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The Professor Is IN

Bad Moon Rising

Jazz musicians are a mischievous bunch. I doubt that’s a surprise to any of you, as the history books are filled with stories of pranks

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Jazz Birthday

Benny Carter

Benny Carter was born Bennett Lester Carter on August 8, 1907, in New York City. Benny’s mother taught him the basics of music on the

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Ragtime Vignettes 

Christina Pepper

I met Christina Pepper (Austin) at this year’s Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, and was deeply impressed by both her playing and her symposium

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It Wasn't Just The Music

It Pays to Advertise

Audience Rapport Friday Harbor, WA is a lovely village on the waterfront in the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound. NGJB was playing a festival

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News and More


Nights at the Turntable

Off the Beaten Tracks

The Final Chorus

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