Syncopated Times

Mary Lou Williams Illustration by Sara Lièvre

Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams was born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs on May 8, 1910, in Atlanta, Georgia. By the age of two, she could pick out simple

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Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton was born April 20, 1908, in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1916. During the 1920s, while still

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Jabbo Smith

Better than Louis?

In response to the list of Armstrong’s rivals in Lew Shaw’s column (“Jazz Jottings,” February 2024), I think Jabbo Smith could (and in fact, did)

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