Marek Boym

Born in 1941 in what is now Ukraine but at the time was Lvov, Poland, Marek Boym’s early years were dominated by family migrations related to World War II. He first heard a swinging jazz band as a 12-year-old behind the Iron Curtain and became hooked. Until that time jazz had been taboo in Communist countries. In 1955 he attended an Acker Bilk concert in Wrocław, Poland. He has lived in Israel since 1957, where he has pursued his love of traditional jazz. He was a correspondent for The Mississippi Rag and has also been published in The Jazz Forum, a Polish monthly.
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Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all

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At the Jazz Band Ball

At the Jazz Band Ball

A number of jazz concerts aired in the U.K. on BBC Radio in the early 1960s while the “trad boom” was underway and rock and

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Whoever's Left Jazz Band

A Quarantine Year in Review

Well folks, it’s been one full year since our lives all fundamentally changed. If you’d have asked me a year ago where we’d be by

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You Can't Kill Death

You Can’t Kill Death

I don’t know who first said it but it’s as true a statement as one can utter: Death is the great equalizer. On Monday, April

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Domingo Mancuello

A Visit with Domingo Mancuello

Although pianist Domingo Mancuello (pronounced Man-KWAY-o) lives only three miles from me (but not for long—see below), I did not meet him here in Lancaster.

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Red Nichols

Red Nichols

Ernest Loring “Red” Nichols was born May 8, 1905, in Ogden, Utah. He began playing cornet when he was five, played with his father’s brass

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The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopating Seven

The Syncopatin’ Seven was a later version of The Syncopatin’ Five. They got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band

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Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five

The Syncopating Five got their start playing dance music in hotels in Florida. Most of the band members were from Ohio and Indiana and they

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Confessions of a Mad Reader

I was reminded of my favorite childhood reading material this past month when I heard that Frank Jacobs, the extraordinary writer of light verse and

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Marek Boym

Marek Boym 1941- 2021, RIP

Marek Boym passed March 31, a few days after his 80th birthday. I’ve been a lifelong Jazz enthusiast and, at age 76, considered myself fairly

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The Texas Blue Destroyers

The Texas Blue Destroyers, who were only trumpet player Bubber Miley and organist Alvin Ray, pulled some kind of con job back in 1924, and managed to

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Jimmie Noone

Jimmie Noone was born April 23, 1895, in Cut Off, Louisiana. Noone started playing clarinet after his family moved to New Orleans in 1910. By

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Texas Shout #63 Festival Bands and Repertoire

The Return of the Festivals

Here’s the post-Valentine’s Day wish of every jazz musician: Roses are Red, Violets are blue— We just want some gigs (And a festival or two).

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Hoarder Record Collection

For the Record

The way we listen to music has changed a lot in the last decade. And I, probably like many of you, have been absorbing music

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Muggsy Spanier and his V-Disc All-Stars

The Story of V Discs

As someone who has had a lifelong love affair with jazz, an interesting question came up in a ZOOM interview I recently had with Dan

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More Bits and Pieces

More Bits and Pieces

The Orpheum Theater in New Orleans is celebrating its 100th birthday and re-introducing the new Double Dealer speakeasy under the theater. Resembling the backstage setting

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