The music teaching career of Peter Davis began when he was hired as the warden at the Colored Waif’s Boys Home in New Orleans and
During the 20th Century music became big business, but the 21st Century may lead us back to an older mode of existence for artists. In
Soon we’ll come to the end of life’s journey,And perhaps we’ll never meet anymore;Till we gather in Heaven’s bright city,Far away on that beautiful shore.
One of the wonderful things about jazz music is the enormous back catalogue of B-sides and rarities waiting to be rediscovered, even by long-time fans
We just returned from a great weekend, April 12 to 14, at the 46th Three Rivers Jazz Affair. The festival had a sorrowful start, though.
One of New Orleans’ most unabashedly entertaining jazz combos—the Dukes of Dixieland—started out in the late 1940s strictly as a family affair featuring brothers Frank
On Saturday evening, April 6, 2019, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 200 welcomed organist Tony Thomas to Pittsburgh for a highly anticipated screening of Buster
Realizing that they had amassed a huge collection of important artifacts of the jazz revival, and hoping to ensure their preservation, The San Francisco Traditional
On the afternoon of February 12th, 1924 at New York City’s Aeolian Hall Paul Whiteman and his Palais Royal Orchestra held a concert billed as
Ronald P. Hutchinson passed away swiftly and unexpectedly from cancer on February 2 in New Jersey, he was 67. He was beloved by many for
When I interviewed Gerry Mulligan in 1981, he told me that his dream was to have a television show patterned after Lawrence Welk’s. An odd
Around five o’clock on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in the Three Rivers Lions Arena in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, when Earl McKee
In December we announced that a high school trio out of Sacramento was sending two musicians on to The Berklee School of Music. We were
‘Don’t You Feel My Leg!’ Maria Muldaur, the jug-band chanteuse who scored a surprise pop hit with 1973’s “Midnight at the Oasis,” released her 41st
Ted des Plantes is an Ohio based multi-instrumentalist who has been involved with numerous traditional jazz groups in a career spanning 50 years. He has
Jacksonville’s First Couple of Jazz When a hot horn man who once led the Dukes of Dixieland married a velvety-voiced Southern belle with exceptional musical
The Map In 1932, E. Simms Campbell, considered the first commercially-successful African-American illustrator, created a map of a two-block area of Harlem between Lenox Avenue
November 11, 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, which ended World War I and marked a turning point after which
Collegetown Chronicles When your repertoire boasts more than 1,000 tunes, you never know what you’re going to play next. “That’s kind of true,” says Ithaca,
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly About seventy years ago when I was a young teen and a precocious collector of jazz, my mom
Hot Jazz Catches On, Again As promised when we left Europe back in August (See: Grand European Tour) we’ve returned to catch up with the UK.
Peter Bullis, 85, on September 4th, one day shy of his 86th birthday. He was banjoist and manager of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, having
Avant-garde trumpeter Ted Daniel had been blowing jazz licks for more than a half-century when he experienced an unexpected epiphany while touring Europe in 2009.
“Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” (Charles Baudelaire) “I can’t feel my legs…” (Ross Konikoff) A few weeks ago I was in a pretty
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
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
“On the avenue, Fifth Avenue, the photographers will snap us…” So wrote Irving Berlin in “Easter Parade,” back in 1933, and they sure did this