Van Young

Van Young has helped keep the Elkhart Jazz Festival a swinging proposition for the past three decades. He also hosts Patterns in Jazz, Sundays at noon (Central) at WGCS-FM 91.1, Goshen, IN. Listen online at www.globeradio.org. He is currently writing a series of short memories from his interactions with jazz folk over the years. These don’t count against your monthly article limit.
Doc Cheatham

Remembering Doc Cheatham

Back in 1988 while building the lineup for the Elkhart Jazz Festival, I took a look at Doc Cheatham as an all-star participant; however, when

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Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway’s Sidemen

Seems like yesterday that Cab Calloway was singing and dancing on black and white tv. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to meet Cab but

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Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton

Milt and Mona Hinton

Bassist Milt Hinton and his wife Mona thoroughly enjoyed going to Milt’s gigs scattered around the world. In the early ‘80’s, my wife Jean and

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Eddie Higgins

Remembering Eddie Higgins

Some folks called him by his true first name, Haydn. For most of us, a simple “Eddie” worked alright. I’ve introduced Eddie several times and

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louis on steps

Meeting Satchmo

The picture with Louis Armstrong and two young boys on the steps of his Queens home reminds me of my first wide eyed encounter with

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Ray Brown Bass

Ray Brown and the lost Bass

For many jazz lovers, Ray Brown’s one of the “greats” with a long list of recordings where he’s the leader. He’s also listed on several

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Wild Bill Davison, Eddie Condon's, NYC, June 1946. Photography by William P. Gottlieb

Wild Bill and Anne Davison

Wild Bill became one of my favorite jazz musicians very early (1949). The Wild Bill reference applies to his playing, not his manners. However ,

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Portrait of George Brunis and Tony Parenti, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y.

“Georg Brunis”

While seniors at Ball State, Jean and I married and began living off campus. The wedding occurred on Thursday, November 27, 1959. On that evening

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terry myers

Terry Myers: One of a Kind

Researching Terry Myers can be a bit exhausting, especially his last 35 years or so. I’ve never encountered a musician who has played in and

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Bourbon Street, 1953

Bourbon Street, 1953

A Young Jazz Fan in the French Quarter Ask anyone what street comes to mind when they think of Dixieland jazz and the response, usually,

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DJ Van Young WRTC 1982

The Jazz Bugs

No, the title “Jazz Bugs” doesn’t refer to a new jazz band but I wouldn’t be surprised. I use it in reference to being “bitten”

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hydra-note

The Many Faces of Jazz

When I hear someone tell me, “I don’t care for jazz,” my first response is very direct: “Which kind do you dislike?” Many of my

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Encouragement Does Help!

Encouragement Does Help!

With many thousands of jazz concerts, festivals, and workshops worldwide, the passion for jazz has never been greater. That passion is shared by listeners and

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Hitch's Happy Harmonists

The Jazz State…Indiana!

Most jazz lovers know the contributions made through our embrace of ragtime late in the 19th century, as well as the important efforts of New

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