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Jazz Jottings October 2016

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

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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

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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

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Campaign Songs of the Jazz Era

Campaign Songs of the Jazz Era

Campaign songs became increasingly important with the rise of sheet music from about 1840. The recording era made them even more accessible to the people.

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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 and spanned the 1920s into the mid-1930s. It

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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 interplay among musicians while

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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,

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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

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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

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Mike-Vax-on-2013-Tour

Mike Vax on Jazz Education

For more than four decades former Stan Kenton lead-trumpeter Mike Vax has traveled the United States and overseas preaching and playing the Jazz Gospel. So

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Circus Band

Circus Music Lives

Circus Culture is alive and well. Young creatives have taken to learning the trades of the sideshow as well as the entertainments of the center ring. Acrobats

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Ev Farey saved my life.

Ev Farey saved my life.

I was twenty-two years old, on my first trip to Europe with a now-legendary band called the Sunset Music Company. People often ask me for

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Festival Scene in Flux

Festival Scene in Flux

With the continual announcements regarding jazz societies and festivals shutting down, it would appear that the good ship TradJazz is sailing in turbulent waters. But

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Museum for Making Music

The Museum of Making Music

Located just off of Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, California, 30 miles north of San Diego, the Museum of Making Music describes itself as the only

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Count Basie Hess Photo, Driggs collection

In Defense of Club Culture

Joe Bebco’s article (“What Is To Be Done?” March 2018) resonated strongly with me. As someone whose deepest sense of jazz’s immediacy and importance was

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