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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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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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The Many Faces of Jazz

When I hear someone tell me, “I don’t care for jazz,” my first response is very direct: “Which kind do you dislike?” Many of my

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Svetlana and the Delancey Five

Svetlana and the Delancey Five

Bringing Sophisticated, Cosmopolitan Swing to The Back Room Speakeasy in NYC For the past four years, Svetlana & The Delancey Five have been recreating a

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eliot Kenin

Adventures in Ragtime Guitar

Ragtime guitar, both classic and barrelhouse styles, has been around exactly as long as ragtime piano for exactly the same reasons. Entertainers in bars, sporting

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Playing by Ear

Playing by Ear

“A horn is just like the voice. Person have no voice, they can’t sing.” – Edward “Kid” Ory. The question was: “How do you know

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Encouragement Does Help!

Encouragement Does Help!

With many thousands of jazz concerts, festivals, and workshops worldwide, the passion for jazz has never been greater. That passion is shared by listeners and

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The Agony of De Feet

The Agony of De Feet

Right around the mid 20th century mark, the Buffalo Public School System decided to include, as part of its comprehensive Physical Education Program, a course

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