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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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Bear Cat Jass Band 1992

Remembering Dick Ames

Dick Ames fell in love with jazz when it was America’s popular music in the 1930s, went on to play cornet with a college dance

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Marlene VerPlanck by John Herr 8-2017

Marlene VerPlanck, 1933-2018

Marlene VerPlanck, one of the best-known interpreters of the American Popular Songbook died Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital after a brief illness.

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Sacramento Jazz Jubilee

“A Crisis of the Old Order”

Writing in his The Age of Roosevelt three-volume series, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. referred to the Depression days of the early 1930s as

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Jazz_at_Lincoln_Center

Nurturing the Future of Jazz

Wynton Marsalis thinks he’s on the right track at Lincoln Center. The talented New Orleans jazz trumpeter initiated a jazz program at Lincoln Center for

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Bob Rippey

The Remarkable Rippeys

You may have met Dick Rippey selling CDs at numerous Midwest jazz festivals. Perhaps you own several favorite CDs on the Triangle Jazz label, such

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DJ Van Young WRTC 1982

The Jazz Bugs

No, the title “Jazz Bugs” doesn’t refer to a new jazz band but I wouldn’t be surprised. I use it in reference to being “bitten”

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drummer Lewis Nash

The Nash: A Home for Jazz

In 2011, Attorney Herb Ely had the vision of opening an inclusive jazz venue in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona that would give budding jazz

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Endorse This!

Endorse This!

I was languishing in my Tokyo hotel room with three days off, eight weeks into a thirteen week Far East tour, too lazy to practice,

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Was Bix Poisoned?

Was Bix Poisoned?

The Scene of the crime? The new tenant had only recently taken up residence at 43-30 46th Street in the Borough of Queens, New York.

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Cam Miller

Remembering Cam Miller

With the passing of Cam Miller, the traditional jazz community has lost a man who was universally loved and respected. While he was unable to

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Grugel Dean Norman

Ralph Grugel and John Gibbons

Much has been written about Ralph Grugel and the Grugelfest event that honors his contribution to traditional jazz. One of Ralph’s greatest fans was John

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Bix Museum

Bix Museum Opening in July

A “soft opening” of the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive Collection in Davenport, Iowa for patrons and donors is scheduled for July 21, to be

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Jazz is Dead!

Jazz is Dead!

“Jazz is Dead!” That’s what we are told time and again by the media, music publications and the general public. To satisfy my own curiosity,

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Rich Conaty

Aloha! Rich Conaty

In the history of jazz, people who do not play instruments do as much, in different ways, to sustain the art without getting equal credit.

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The Hampton sisters

Remembering Dawn Hampton

The swing and Lindy Hop community lost one of its great leaders when Dawn Hampton passed away September 25, 2016. Dawn, a musician, dancer, writer,

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