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Champian Fulton & Corey WeedsDream a Little

This is Champian Fulton‘s 11th release, and the fourth we’ve covered since launching in 2016. What’s different about this one is the intimate setting for

California Feetwarmers Gloryland

The California Feetwarmers Gloryland

The California Feetwarmers were recommended to me by no less than Vince Giordano of the Nighthawks and Robin Rapuzzi of Tuba Skinny. I’ve long enjoyed

Tenement Jazz Band New Orleans Wiggle

Tenement Jazz Band: New Orleans Wiggle

When I heard the name Tenement Jazz Band my first thought was “I bet they’re from Scotland”. I was hoping Glasgow, where twenty years ago

Jacks Cats The State of Swing

Jack’s Cats The State of Swing

“Listening jazz that just happens to be great for dancing” is the gist of one recommendation I read about Jack’s Cats, a surprising group of

Three Blind Mice Jazz

Three Blind Mice See How They Run

Highly skilled trios are common enough playing advanced swing or thoughtful chamber jazz and the members of Three Blind Mice are certainly capable of both.

Revisionists Let me off uptown

The Revisionists Let Me Off Uptown

The Revisionists’ debut album captures a classic vocal swing sound you wouldn’t think possible. Like an early 50s Anita O’Day lp that becomes a house

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Ulysses Jasz Band Odyssey

I had the wrong idea about the Ulysses Jasz Band. When I popped in their album I was expecting a hot West Coast style band.

Svetlana Night at the Movies

Svetlana Night at the Movies

Syncopated Times readers will remember Svetlana from her hot band The Delancy Five, who are a staple of the New York traditional jazz scene and

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Jimmy Haislip (1936-2017)

We belatedly note the passing of the excellent trombonist Jimmy Haislip, of St. Louis, who died on December 31, 2017 at 81. He started his

Vitality Five Syncopation Gone Mad

The Vitality Five Syncopation Gone Mad

If you’ve heard even 30 seconds of this album you’ve probably already run off to buy it. Every moment of this record is chillingly good

Ed Clute A Summer Night's Magic

Ed Clute A Summer Night’s Magic

A Summer Night’s Magic, on Rivermont Records, is a set of piano solos by blind virtuoso Ed Clute, performed at his home in Watkins Glen,

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78 RPM Spinning Sessions Trending

Did you watch the record party scene in Ghostworld with longing envy? Then a new trend in organized 78 RPM spinning sessions might be right

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Reeder & Dag Off​-​the​-​Cuff

Two complementary musicians with distinct approaches to career “rendezvous in a Manhattan apartment” and record spontaneous arrangements of American Songbook material. Grand piano and snare

Chicago Cellar Boys Happy Feet 78 rpm

The Chicago Cellar Boys Release 78 rpm Record

The Chicago Cellar Boys simmer in that same stew of early recordings, having listened beyond what makes it onto compilation discs, and it makes the jazz they play all the hotter.

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Ricky Alexander Strike Up The Band

Ricky Alexander is the quintessential New York jazzman of the twenty-teens. After being exposed to civic and legacy bands while growing up in the DC

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The Wolverine Jazz Band: Tell Me

The Wolverine Jazz band has been providing hot traditional jazz all over the North East and at festivals nationwide for almost 25 years. They’ve maintained

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Nicki Parrott New York to Paris

Nicki Parrott started her career in her native Australia before jazz took her to New York in 1994. Since then she has become a true

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Nirav Sanghani and the Pacific Six

Nirav Sanghani pulled in an all-star crew for his first release with his Pacific Six. Clint Baker is on trombone for the opening track and

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Frog and Henry England 2019

Frog and Henry are the most interesting of several cooperative bands with fluid lineups coming together around a musical idea. In their case, that idea

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The Chaperone

The PBS film The Chaperone is currently making the rounds in specialty movie houses. It is based on the book of the same name by


Leon Redbone has Died at 127

Leon Redbone, a one of a kind personality who brought vintage music to the masses, died on May 30th at 69 years old, though in

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Off The Beaten Tracks June 2019

The following albums were reviewed in the June 2019 Off the Beaten Tracks column. Click the image for an individual review to read and share.

Jonathan Ng Dreaming on my Feet

Jonathan Ng: Dreaming On My Feet

Jonathan Ng, is a lindy hop, balboa, and blues dancer with classical violin training. He traveled widely with Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, a band that

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Jill Corey: Let’s Go To Town

Let’s Go To Town has four National Guard radio shows that probably date from 1961. While the pitching for the National Guard (and its “up-to-the-minute

The Royal Klobasneks

The Royal Klobasneks: Here We Go

In anticipation of reviewing Here We Go! I found myself excitedly in line at the Pulaski Meat Market, a landmark institution anchoring a quiet corner

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