December 2022

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Halfway House Orchestra
Ain't Cha Got Music?

The Halfway House Orchestra, Part 2

Jeff Barnhart: We return this month to conclude our exploration of the remaining sides by the New Orleans-based Halfway House Orchestra, recorded between October 1927

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Sonny Greer by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday

Sonny Greer

William Alexander “Sonny” Greer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, on December 13, 1895 (according to most sources). Sonny Greer met and befriended Edward

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Jazz Travels

Interview with Chip Templeton

In 1987, Charles H. Templeton, a 1949 graduate of Mississippi State University, donated his collection of 200 antique music players dating from about 1895 to

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Quarter Notes

Autumn in New…Orleans!

It is glorious time of the year when summer (and hurricane season) ends, when strolls through the French Quarter are pleasant and when parading groups

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Jazz Jottings

Jazz Jottings • AZ Jazz Classic

A chilly weekend in early November did not keep an encouraging number of traditional jazz fans from attending the 32nd annual Arizona Classic Jazz Festival

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Louis Armstrong
Static From My Attic

Louis and Notes of Grace

There are months (and this is one of them) when I feel I am at best a poor servant of Jazz. I’m like one of

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News and More

Why Bands Break Up

Anybody who wonders why a band breaks up has never been in a real band. Allow me to give a great example. Before I moved

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Dave Jasen: A Remembrance

In the area of ragtime, Dave Jasen—who died Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at age 84—was an institution. He wrote the definitive books on the subject

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David Alan Jasen 1937-2022

“I could see that, if not entirely disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.” P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters Dave Jasen always seemed

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Nights at the Turntable

Nights at the Turntable

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