December 2020

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Features

Funk Rust Brass Band

Teaching Music over Live Stream

In 2020 millions of musicians have experimented in creative ways out of necessity, making new and old technology their instrument. This is especially true in

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Columns

Justin Ring and Fred Hager in 1902.
Recording Pioneers
R.S. Baker

Milo and Rega

Justin Ring had a lot of love to give in his long life, as he cared for so many close friends and family. Later in

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Dick Maley
Jazz Jottings
Lew Shaw

Jazz Jottings December 2020

With just about all of the 2020 festivals and jazz parties scheduled since March going virtual or being postponed until late 2021 or 2022, the

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Railroad Rag
Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Ragtime and the Railroads

Recently, I have been considering the relationship between ragtime and the railroads more intently than ever. First, because Marcello Piras wrote to inquire about railroad

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Jabbo Smith
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Jabbo Smith

Jabbo Smith was born Cladys Smith in Pembroke, Georgia, on December 24, 1908. After the death of his father, his mother found it increasingly difficult

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Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer
Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Another Wing, Another Prayer

As I begin this column, it approaches six o’clock in the morning of my printer’s deadline. If I was able last month to glide to

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Reviews

Nights at the Turntable

Off the Beaten Tracks

Dave Doyle

Oxblood Melodians

The Oxblood Melodians

Pulled at random from a bag of new releases, The Oxblood Melodians is the second disc I’ve reviewed recently which is bookended by two versions

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Bert Thompson

The Syncopated Bookshelf

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