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

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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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John Edward Hasse, The Music Man

Few jazz fans would argue the value of ragtime, including both its continued popularity and its huge contribution to the early development of jazz. And

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Ed Laub Swings the Strings in NJ

When I see the long lists of famous musicians from New Jersey, it makes me wonder whether it’s all coincidental or, maybe, there’s really something

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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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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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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!

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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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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How’s Your Festival Doing?

Have you noticed the slow trend of the older jazz festivals to add new genres to their lineups, especially the trad fests? Perhaps the closing

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