Russ Tarby

Russ Tarby is based in Syracuse NY and writes about jazz for The Syncopated Times, The Syracuse New Times, The Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse (JASS) JazzFax Newsletter, and several other publications.

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Ellynne Rey: The Birdsongs Project

It all began late last spring after singer Ellynne Rey experienced a spate of unusual “life” bird sightings as well as striking rarities such as

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Buddy Bolden Movie Hits Theaters in May

Bolden—the movie about the ill-fated New Orleans cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden, who pioneered jazz circa 1900—was originally scheduled for release in 2008. Six years later,

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Bunk Johnson: Out of the Shadows

New One-Act Play by Ifa Bayeza Chronicles the Life of the Tale-telling Trumpeter The American playwright Ifa Bayeza—author of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which

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Bix & Satch’s season in the sun

Two of the hottest brassmen of the Jazz Age – Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong – will be fondly remembered this month at two separate

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New Black Eagles Remain Aloft

While mourning the loss of leader Tony Pringle, the band plays on Cornetist Tony Pringle always told his bandmates in the New Black Eagle Jazz

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Swinger! By Judy Carmichael

Swinger! A Jazz Girl’s Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem By Judy Carmichael C&D Productions, Sag Harbor, N.Y. (www.judycarmichael.com) 262 pages; $18.95/softcover Stride pianist extraordinaire Judy

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Jazz Inspired on Long Island

The syndicated weekly radio show Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired is partnering with the Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., in Patchogue, N.Y., on the south

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Remembering Dick Ames

Dick Ames fell in love with jazz when it was America’s popular music in the 1930s, went on to play cornet with a college dance

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Chewin’ on the Chicken Fat

New Jersey Jazz Society starts 2018 in style with Big Apple all-stars They’ll be jumpin’ for joy in Jersey in January when a seven of

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Nurturing the Future of Jazz

(Photo: commons.wikimedia.org) Wynton Marsalis thinks he’s on the right track at Lincoln Center. The talented New Orleans jazz trumpeter initiated a jazz program at Lincoln

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Scott Joplin’s Forgotten Parlor Songs

African American Song Writers In the 19th century, African-American tunesmiths struggled to have their compositions published. The institution of slavery had only ended during the

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Sinatra Bandleader Vincent Falcone, 79

Former Frank Sinatra musical director Vincent Falcone, died March 24, in Torrance, California. He was 79. An extremely talented and versatile pianist, Falcone was diagnosed

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Fillius Jazz Archive Is Now Available Online

How’d you like to watch an up-close-and-personal conversation with the late clarinetist Kenny Davern or the pianist Marian McPartland? How about listening to Bucky Pizzarelli

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Festival Roundup April 2017

This is The Festival Roundup as printed in our April 2017 issue, the most recent Roundup can be found here, our Interactive Event Calendar is located at

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Festival Roundup March 2017

This is The Festival Roundup as printed in our March 2017 issue, the most recent Roundup can be found here, our Interactive Event Calendar is located at

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The Fredtown Stompers Win JazzBuffalo Poll

Voters in the third annual JazzBuffalo Poll chose the Fredtown Stompers as the Queen City’s best traditional jazz group. More than 2,200 ballots were cast.

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Festival Roundup December 2016

DANNY BARKER BANJO & GUITAR FESTIVAL. (New Orleans, La.) – Jan. 12-15. The third annual Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival will get under way

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Peter Ford’s Box Bass

Peter Ford holds down the bottom for the Baby Soda Jazz Band playing a single-string box bass of his own creation. He started out on

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The Festival Roundup November 2016

ARIZONA CLASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL. (Chandler, Ariz.) – Nov. 3-6. Staged at the classy Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., the 27th annual

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Veronica Swift in the Fast Lane

She may be just 22 years of age, but jazz singer Veronica Swift is no novice. The daughter of veteran jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and

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Tatiana Gets Dizzy

The Avalon Jazz Band featuring vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie made its Jazz at Lincoln Center debut May 31, at the renowned Dizzy’s Club, in New York

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Big Bands Daily in Midtown Manhattan

Located in the heart of New York City, right off Times Square on Restaurant Row, SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club is preparing to celebrate nearly

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Salt City Six’s Final Session

Former Salt City Six manager Arnie Koch has dubbed drummer and longtime mainstay Danny D’Imperio as “Treasure Hunter of the Year” for discovering the master

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Broadway Reshuffles Shuffle Along

When Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s Shuffle Along made its Broadway debut in 1921, it ran for an amazing 504 performances and launched the careers

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Bix, Spiegle Remembered

For decades, they called it the Bix Bash. Since its inception in 1966, hundreds of Dixieland fans flocked to Central New York’s yearly multi-band celebrations

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Jazz in July Heats Up the 92nd Street Y

A galaxy of contemporary jazz stars—including saxman Harry Allen, vocalist Freddy Cole, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, pianist Ted Rosenthal, and singer Carol Sloane—will light up the

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