Andy Senior

Andy Senior is the Publisher of The Syncopated Times and on occasion he still gets out a Radiola! podcast for our listening pleasure.
Irving Berlin at the piano, circa 1906.

Impartial Eclipse

As I write this, it is five days since my second eye surgery. In the plus column, this is the first time in nearly fifty

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The Light That Flailed

In the March issue of The Syncopated Times I devoted a portion of this space to discussing the immediate delight I experienced on installing a

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Letters April 2024

You Call That a Monitor? Here’s a Monitor!  To the Editor: Thanks for your good works. On large monitors: I am using the 55″ 1080P

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This Is All on Me

This is my Eighth Anniversary Issue of The Syncopated Times, and I suppose I should be eating cake or something. I find myself preoccupied with

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Stéphane Grappelli

Stéphane Grappelli was born on January 26, 1908, in Paris. Grappelli’s mother died when he was five, leaving his father to raise him. Grappelli began

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Truce or Consequences

It’s never not a chaotic month. I spent much of November arranging to have this paper mailed from a new post office. The Syracuse newspaper

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How to Kick Yourself Out

Just how ignorant do you have to be to get kicked out of a club you started? That’s a rhetorical question which was nonetheless answered

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Leg Up

I enjoyed an unexpected vacation during the month of August—or I should say I enjoyed those aspects of it that were enjoyable. This brief sabbatical

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Ted Weems

Ted Weems was born Wilfred Theodore Wemyes on September 26, 1901, in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Weems’ start in music came when he won a violin in

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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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Buster Bailey by Joe Busam

Buster Bailey

William C. “Buster” Bailey was born July 19, 1902, in Memphis, Tennessee. Bailey learned the rudiments of clarinet while a student in the city’s public

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