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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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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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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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Remembering Dawn Hampton

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

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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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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Tuesdays at Mona's

Tuesdays at Mona’s

I’m in the advantageous position of being retired and living not all that far from New York City, that hotbed of trad jazz (and, I

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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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Hot for Teacher

Hot for Teacher

We’ve all experienced that innocent (or maybe not so innocent) crush on a teacher, that one instructor we lusted after while struggling through our academic

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Ken Coulter and Flossie Coulter (photo by Bonnie Colgan)

The Coulters Hit the Road

Long-time festival directors Flossie and Ken Coulter are enjoying the second year of their retirement as year-round residents of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. They are

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