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  • Our June issue was shipped early Tuesday morning! If you’re not a subscriber, no worries, it’s not too late to see these stories. Subscribe now and you’ll get a PDF copy of June and start receiving your print papers in July. New in June Drew Nugent is on the cover showcasing a variety of exciting

  • One of the few women-only college level jazz programs is coming to an end. The jazz program at Spelman College, a historically black institution for women, got its start in 1983. It was founded by saxophone player Joe Jennings who in a stewardship spanning thirty years earned the program national esteem. The Spelman College Jazz Ensemble

  • In their last press release before the festival they gave us a shout out, and we’d like to return the favor. There’s still time to get your tickets for the Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee. Check out the line up. Here’s the press release:  If you have been looking for a reason to attend the Bunny Berigan

  • 15 exceptional High School Bands compete in the final phase of the  prestigious Essentially Ellington competition. You can watch the final performances of the contest live from Lincoln Center Saturday evening. You can rewind the livestream. When you start it up you will be shown a documentary before cutting to the live show. You can

  • David Thomas Roberts has composed over 150 new ragtime pieces in a professional career spanning 40 years. He has become one of the most eminent composers working, not only in ragtime, but in reviving 19th century compositional forms in what he calls a neo-Romantic style.He is best known for his “Roberto Clemente” which has become a

  • In our June issue we will be  profiling Drew Nugent. Along with his band, The Midnight Society, he’s been reviving and shaping the traditional music scene in  Philadelphia for almost a decade.  Drew embraces the full spectrum of early 20th century popular music. As this run down he gave us of his current endeavors clearly

  • The year was 1887. Buddy Bolden moved into a shotgun double, that signature New Orleans residence, he was ten years old.  Located at 2309 First Street it was two blocks from a parade route. Within hearing distance of the cities best marching bands. His church was down the street offering a different kind of music.

  • Our June issue will feature a profile of the Queen City Jazz Band written by our own Lew Shaw. He’ll cover the history of this 60 year old Rocky Mountain institution and let us know what they are up to now. While doing some background on the band we uncovered this fine bit of tape.

  • If you don’t know who Pops Coffee is you’ve been missing out. Since 2013 he has maintained a wonderful blog chronicling the album releases, shows, and especially YouTube videos of young musicians making trad jazz today. He became especially focused on the New Orleans scene and has become friends with many of the great trad

  • Highlights from the May issue of the Syncopated Times. New Subscribers will receive a PDF file of the current issue so it’s not too late to catch up on these stories. Subscribers before the 21st of a month will receive the following months issue in the mail. No 8 week lag times here. On the

  • The conclusions reached by a private consulting firm hired to investigate a debt crisis at The American Jazz Museum are grim. Located in the historic 18th and Vine District of Kansas City, the museum has failed to meet its potential as a tourist attraction, or to excite the community about the unique place KC holds in

  • Two upcoming events in New York City highlight the growing public appetite for swing dancing and how creativity can be used to draw crowds to hear good jazz. On May 26th, for the third year running, Prohibition Productions will fill the aircraft carrier Intrepid with dancers for a Battle of the Big Bands. This sellout event

  • Tony Pringle, 81, May 4th, in Massachusetts from complications of heart disease. He was the best musical import America ever received from Liverpool. In 1957, while still training for his day job in telecommunications, he formed The Druids Jazz Band. They became the house band at The Cavern, a basement jazz club in Liverpool. The

  • Commentary by Joe Bebco In these times of heated partisanship this paper tries to be an oasis of unity around a shared musical interest. It’s with some hesitation I even start this story but I will proceed because it presents as good an opportunity as may come to discuss the legacy of Stephen Collins Foster, the

  • Bob Koester had difficulty finding the music he wanted to hear on records so he decided to make his own. He founded Delmark Records, the renowned Chicago Jazz and Blues label, in 1953. Beginning in St. Louis, he named the business for a street with several jazz clubs where he peddled his first albums. When