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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 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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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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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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