Jazz Travels

Stephanie Trick Scott Joplin 2019

From the 38th Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival

The Thursday afternoon concert featured new pieces by contemporary composers such as Vincent Johnson, Marty Mincer, John Reed-Torres, and Martin Spitznagel, the latter two playing their own works. This added a welcome variety

Hal Smith’s On the Levee Jazz Band performs on Bourbon Street at the 2019 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. From left, Clint Baker, Joshua Gouzy, Ben Polcer, Hal Smith, Joe Goldberg, Alex Belhaj, and Kris Tokarski. Photo by Megan Gouzy; courtesy Hal Smith

From the 2019 French Quarter Festival

In my December 2017 column, I reported on my short visit to New Orleans, concluding that “I shouldn’t wait another 23 years to return.” I

Katie Cavera with bass

Katie Cavera’s Meandering Major

Jazz Travels writer Bill Hoffman turns over his column to Katie Cavera this month: Spend two minutes (or less) with Katie Cavera and you’ll know

Alvin Atkinson and Duduka daFonseca at the 2019 North Carolina Jazz Festival. (photo by Herman Burney)

From the North Carolina Jazz Festival

The word “unique” is often misused, perhaps most frequently when someone describes something as “rather unique.” It’s either unique—one of a kind—or it isn’t. But

From the San Diego Jazz Fest

From the San Diego Jazz Fest

Over Thanksgiving weekend I attended the San Diego Jazz Festival for the first, and hopefully not last, time. The 39th annual installment organized by America’s

Eric Devine Jeff and Joels House Party 2018

Jeff & Joel’s House Party 2018

Jeff (Barnhart) and Joel (Schiavone)’s House Party started small nine years ago, but has outgrown several venues as its reputation has spread. At first it

From the New York Hot Jazz Fest

From the New York Hot Jazz Fest

The sixth annual New York Hot Jazz Festival, held Sunday, September 30, at the McKittrick Hotel on West 27th Street in the Chelsea section of

Celebrating Bix in Davenport

Celebrating Bix in Davenport

The 47th annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, Iowa, got off to a rousing unofficial start on Thursday, August 2, with a free

A Hot Time In The North Country

A Hot Time In The North Country

I have fewer opportunities to hear live jazz when I’m at my summer place in Potsdam, New York, a trade I’m willing to make to

A Conversation with Pianist Neville Dickie

A Conversation with Pianist Neville Dickie

This column’s title includes the word “travels.” This installment is no different, but this time the travels weren’t mine. Neville Dickie, the renowned British stride

Glenn Crytzer CD Release Party

Glenn Crytzer CD Release Party

The venerable Montauk Club, a mansion overlooking Prospect Park in Brooklyn, was the site of the CD release party for Glenn Crytzer’s Ain’t It Grand?

A Treasure Trove of Ragtime Scores!

A Treasure Trove of Ragtime Scores!

Andrew Greene of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra talks about leading a ragtime ensemble, the importance of the Maddox Collection, accompanying silent cinema, and more.

Hot Jazz at the NYC Winter JazzFest

Hot Jazz at the NYC Winter JazzFest

The New York Hot Jazz Fest Stage is a small part of Winter JazzFest, an eight-day event of—as its organizers claim—“communal celebration, open discourse, and

On foot in the Crescent City

On foot in the Crescent City

In late October I finished a bicycle trip in New Orleans, where I had allotted two days to indulge my other passion, traditional jazz. I

Every Bix Devotee Should make a Pilgrimage

Every Bix Devotee Should make a Pilgrimage

Davenport The Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive opened officially on August 3, the first day of the 46th annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. It

An Interview With Pianist Daniel Souvigny

An Interview With Pianist Daniel Souvigny

I first encountered 15-year-old pianist Daniel Souvigny at last year’s Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO. I saw him again a few months later

Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp

Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp

Since this is a newspaper of national, indeed worldwide, circulation, I normally do not report on single-day events that readers who live beyond a several-hour

The 54th Annual Chicken Fat Ball

The 54th Annual Chicken Fat Ball

The 54th Chicken Fat Ball took place on Sunday, January 8 at the former Women’s Club in Maplewood, NJ, a well-to-do suburb about 20 miles

Jeff and Joel's House Party

Jeff and Joel’s House Party

Like the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime and American Music Festival that I reported on last month, Jeff and Joel’s House Party is a small event in

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

From the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

From the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival

I’ve attended the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, Iowa five times, starting in 2001. This year’s installment was perhaps the best ever—top-notch bands

From the First New York Hot Jazz Camp

From the First New York Hot Jazz Camp

The first-ever New York Hot Jazz Camp is now in the books. It was conceived, organized, and overseen by my good friends Molly Ryan and