Roger Smith

Roger Kimmel Smith is a freelance wordsmith ( based in Ithaca, New York. He’s written many musician profiles for Contemporary Black Biography. His all-20s/30s program “Crazy Words, Crazy Tune” airs Monday evenings (7-9pm) on WRFI Community Radio (

Benny Goodman (third from left) with some of his former musicians, seated around piano left to right: Vernon Brown, George Auld, Gene Krupa, Clint Neagley, Ziggy Elman, Israel Crosby and Teddy Wilson (at piano), 1952. World Telegram & Sun photo by Fred Palumbo. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Public domain.

Teddy Wilson: American Jazz Hero

Teddy Wilson was one of the most consequential figures in jazz right when jazz was making its greatest impact on American society, the 1930s. This

A Celtic Django: Quinn Bachand and Brishen

A Celtic Django: Quinn Bachand and Brishen

Quinn Bachand is a name to watch. He’s an electrifying acoustic guitar player and fiddler from Victoria, British Columbia, who leads a worldly gypsy jazz