Steve Provizer

Steve Provizer is a brass player, arranger and writer. He has written about jazz for a number of print and online publications and has blogged for a number of years at: He is also a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Jazz Band Clip Art copyright

Jazz and Copyright Law

If you can imagine turning on the radio and hearing a song you wrote credited to someone else, you’re probably a believer in the concept

Snow Street Music

Jazz Reality TV Shows

We in the jazz musical world are tired of being ignored by the media moguls who feed the bottomless American appetite for reality TV. Ever


Influence and Art Tatum

Discerning influences – why musicians sing or play or write the way they do – can be as straightforward as recognizing a stolen/borrowed lick or

Jimmy Mazzy

Jimmy Mazzy: The Soul of the Banjo

Early in his career, at places like Your Father’s Moustache and The Salty Banjo, Jimmy Mazzy carved out a place for himself on the bandstand

Music a Subversive History Ted Gioia

Music: A Subversive History, by Ted Gioia

Author Ted Gioia may be known to readers of Syncopated Times through his writing about jazz, which includes many articles and the books: The History


Artful and Accomplished Jazz Doublers

In the language of jazz, “doubling” means playing more than one instrument (not at the same time, c.f. Wilbur Sweatman and Rahsaan Roland Kirk). Doubling

Herbert L Clarke

Digging into the Cornet

While listening to cornetist Nat Adderley light it up during a recent listening session, I thought “Why does he play this aggressive style on cornet

Doris Day and Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn (1950)

The Trumpeter’s Cinematic Curse

I’ve written a lot about how jazz is portrayed in film, but never paid specific attention to how we jazz trumpet players have been portrayed.

Fud Livingston

In Walked Fud

“[Fud Livingston’s] final decade was a difficult one, and a pernicious addiction to alcohol ultimately took him out ahead of schedule. Until shortly before his

Gary Carr as Buddy Bolden and Ian McShane as Judge Perry

Bolden, an in Depth Review

Big budget films about jazz don’t come along very often. I feel a special sense of responsibility in writing about this film, as I believe

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


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