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Bringing Tuba Skinny to Philadelphia

We knew Tuba Skinny had a following but we weren’t prepared for a standing room only crowd! I never saw so many joyous, boppin’ people


Prohibition and the Rise of Jazz, Part One

“Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.” — H. L. Mencken In 1900, editorializing on jazz and “other black music,” Etude


Influence and Art Tatum

Discerning influences – why musicians sing or play or write the way they do – can be as straightforward as recognizing a stolen/borrowed lick or


Artful and Accomplished Jazz Doublers

In the language of jazz, “doubling” means playing more than one instrument (not at the same time, c.f. Wilbur Sweatman and Rahsaan Roland Kirk). Doubling

Konter and Igloo on the expedition.

The Ukulele That Flew To The North Pole

The ukulele Martin 1K, the “Dick Konter” of the early 1900s, is perhaps the most famous ukulele in the world. It traveled on the plane

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Digging into the Cornet

While listening to cornetist Nat Adderley light it up during a recent listening session, I thought “Why does he play this aggressive style on cornet

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Jim Cullum, Jr. Remembered

Good friend, wise mentor, engaged and storied musicianer, active community leader, strong role model, curator and caretaker of jazz, spirited character: Jim Cullum. This is

Doris Day and Kirk Douglas in Young Man With a Horn (1950)

The Trumpeter’s Cinematic Curse

I’ve written a lot about how jazz is portrayed in film, but never paid specific attention to how we jazz trumpet players have been portrayed.

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Syncopated Times Back to School Drive

Times are tough for school music programs, and for print publications. Here’s an idea that can help with both. Now you can buy a half


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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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New Orleans Rhythm Kings Restored by Rivermont

It is a great time to be alive for early jazz enthusiasts. For decades fans waited for expensive LPs containing rare tracks from the acoustic era to arrive from

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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

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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

A Jazz Band by Miguel Covarrubias (plate from Blues by W.C. Handy, 2nd Ed., 1926)

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

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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

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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 interplay among musicians while

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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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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

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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

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