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July 4, 1900: Louis’ Noble Lie?

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance offers us one of American film’s great moments. U.S. Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) has gained his position of

The Mysterious Mr. King

The Mysterious Mr. King

If you ever find yourself thumbing through discographies of Victor records from the 1920s, one name shows up more than most. You’ll see him listed

Scott Cupit Swing Dancing

More Swing Please, We’re British

British politicians are the bad jazz musicians of Europe. Smugly self-absorbed, they honk tone-deaf, repetitive solos out all time and tune with their confused, Continental

Issler portrait

Edward Issler: The First Studio Musician

We all know about studio musicians, the unsung, mostly forgotten heroes of the recordings we love. But what about the first studio musician? Going all

Benny Goodman (third from left) with some of his former musicians, seated around piano left to right: Vernon Brown, George Auld, Gene Krupa, Clint Neagley, Ziggy Elman, Israel Crosby and Teddy Wilson (at piano), 1952. World Telegram & Sun photo by Fred Palumbo. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Public domain.

Teddy Wilson: American Jazz Hero

Teddy Wilson was one of the most consequential figures in jazz right when jazz was making its greatest impact on American society, the 1930s. This

Who Was Fred Hylands?

Who Was Fred Hylands?

This is a face that few will recognize. Even over a century ago his face was not well known. Despite this, most people who own

Holy Crow Jazz Band the Hit of Monterey

Holy Crow Jazz Band the Hit of Monterey

Longtime reader Patrick Scull tells The Syncopated Times that the Holy Crow Jazz Band was the sleeper hit of this year’s Jazz Bash by the

Bill Hadnott: Kansas City Bass

Bill Hadnott: Kansas City Bass

I owe a debt I can never repay to the community of African-American musicians who had settled in the Los Angeles area years ago. They

Louis Armstrong Collection Now Digitized

Louis Armstrong Collection Now Digitized

It has taken two years and $3 million, but the 61,000 items which comprise the Research Collections of the Louis Armstrong House Museum have been

Bunk Johnson: Out of the Shadows

Bunk Johnson: Out of the Shadows

New One-Act Play by Ifa Bayeza Chronicles the Life of the Tale-telling Trumpeter The American playwright Ifa Bayeza—author of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which

Ehud Asherie: “A Jazz Polymath”

Ehud Asherie: “A Jazz Polymath”

Ehud Asherie has definitely taken a circuitous route to becoming a professional musician. The 39-year-old pianist was born in Israel, lived in Italy for six

New Orleans Rhythm Kings Restored by Rivermont

New Orleans Rhythm Kings Restored by Rivermont

New Orleans Rhythm Kings: Complete Recordings (1922-1925) It is a great time to be alive for early jazz enthusiasts. For decades fans waited for expensive LPs containing rare tracks

Kat Edmonson’s New World of Vintage Pop

Kat Edmonson’s New World of Vintage Pop

Movies can help us dream. They can show us a world of possibilities or places long gone or places that never were. For singer/songwriter Kat

Record Collecting: a Reader Responds

Record Collecting: a Reader Responds

In our November 2018 issue, we published an essay, “Record Collecting: Where Do I Begin?” by Terri Bruce. The following is a reader’s response by

From the New York Hot Jazz Fest

From the New York Hot Jazz Fest

The sixth annual New York Hot Jazz Festival, held Sunday, September 30, at the McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street in the Chelsea section of

Piano Legend Johnny Maddox has Died

Piano Legend Johnny Maddox has Died

Johnny Maddox, one of the most recognizable personalities in ragtime history died Tuesday, November 27th, he was 91. He planted the seeds of a ragtime

Greg Ruby: Seattle's Syncopated Classic

Greg Ruby: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic

Update: The Oscar Alemán Play-Along Songbook Vol. 1  is now available at gregrubymusic.com   Finding Lost Jazz History in Seattle Guitarist Greg Ruby Celebrates the

The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s into the mid-1930s. It was

Record Collecting: Where Do I Begin?

Record Collecting: Where Do I Begin?

I’m standing in my favorite flea-markety antiques store panicking a little as I stare at milk crates filled with used records. My husband and I

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,

Snapshots of Spiegle Willcox

Snapshots of Spiegle Willcox

Snapshots of Spiegle Willcox Dan Barrett shares some of his experiences in playing with legendary trombonist Spiegle Willcox (1903-99) and gives insight as to the

Daisy Castro with Violin

An Interview with Daisy Castro

At 21 Daisy Castro has already had an interesting and varied career in music. She began to learn classical violin at age six and was

Dandy Wellington: ‘Life Is an Occasion’

Dandy Wellington: ‘Life Is an Occasion’

The Harlem-based Bandleader Ruminates on Music, Performance, and Style William Shakespeare once famously asked “What’s in a name?” That line from Romeo and Juliet could

Respecting Aretha

Respecting Aretha

Our Lady Jerry Wexler dubbed her “Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrows”: the depth of her sound and ability to connect us to something primal owes

Multi-Generational Jazz

Multi-Generational Jazz

(What you sow, so shall you reap) While still a high school tuba player I discovered that I could play along with Elvis Presley records

Turk Murphy’s Respect for the Past

Turk Murphy’s Respect for the Past

I first heard Turk Murphy’s band back in my sportswriting days when I was in Cleveland, Ohio, to cover a college football game in 1949.

Adrian Cunningham: The Professor Swings

Adrian Cunningham: The Professor Swings

Australian-born Adrian Cunningham got hooked on jazz early in life listening to his father’s collection of 78 RPM records. As he began to achieve success

A Conversation with Pianist Neville Dickie

A Conversation with Pianist Neville Dickie

This column’s title includes the word “travels.” This installment is no different, but this time the travels weren’t mine. Neville Dickie, the renowned British stride

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin Is Owed an Apology

For what, and by whom, you may ask, is Irving Berlin owed an apology? Glad you asked. In the immortal but likely apocryphal words of

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