July 2021

On the Cover


Panama, Pt. 2

In the previous issue of The Syncopated Times, we explored the similarities and (copious) differences between recordings of “Panama” made during the 1920s and 1930s.

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Jazz Goes Collegiate!

Four and a half years ago I first met Colin Hancock, whose recognition and reputation as an eminent authority on early jazz, especially that performed

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News and More

Monterey is Back in 2022!

In 2020, the Monterey Jazz Bash by the Bay was the final major festival on the trad jazz circuit that took place before the pandemic

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Sitting In

I showed Ralph a list of tunes I knew. He pointed at a squiggle and said, “What’s that?” “E flat. I only know that tune

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Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Harrigan’s Orpheum

I am blowing off the dust this month with Max Morath. There are so many stories from his long career, but I am beginning with

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Seger Ellis
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Seger Ellis

Seger Pillot Ellis was born July 4, 1904, in Houston, Texas. As a teenager, Seger much admired the local pianists in the city, Jack Sharpe,

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Irving Fazola
My Inspirations
Jeff Barnhart

My Inspirations: Irving Fazola

When I approached editor Andy Senior offering to write an occasional column about light hearted musical musings all and sundry he gave me his blessing,

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The American Rag Archive
Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Requiem for a Publisher

The reader will note that a rather morbid undercurrent has run through this column over the past two months. In May, I noted the death

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Charles Hunter
Ragtime Vignettes 
Brandon Byrne

Cotton Bolls by Charles Hunter

Charles Hunter (1876-1906) is an important figure in Ragtime’s history, perhaps the greatest influence of today’s Folk Ragtime. His 1901 Cotton Bolls is a well-loved

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Jazz Jottings
Lew Shaw

Jazz Jottings July 2021

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks were together for the first time in 15 months on June 10 for a recording session at The Power Station

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Festival Roundup
Joe Bebco

The Festival Roundup July 2021

SOUNDS OF MARDI GRAS (Fresno, CA) – July 8-11 YES…IT REALLY IS HAPPENING. Fresno Dixieland Society will hold their annual Sounds of Mardi Gras Festival

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Nights at the Turntable

Artie Shaw Self Portrait

Artie Shaw • Self Portrait

One of the greatest jazz clarinetists of all time, Artie Shaw (1910-2004), had a surprisingly brief career considering his stature and his long life. While

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Dave Doyle

Event Reviews

The Final Chorus

Table of Contents

Vol.6, No.7 July 2021


Catching Up With Matthew Davidson, by Larry Melton

Early History of the Galvanized Jazz Band, by Art Hovey

Sweet Megg and Ricky Alexander, by Dave Doyle

Frankie Newton: 20th Century Jazzman and Political Activist, by Steve Provizer

Ain’t Cha Got Music: Panama, Pt.2, by Jeff Barnhart & Hal Smith

Swingin’ in the Philippines: 746th Far East Air Force Band, by Joe Bebco


Jazz Birthday of the Month: Seger Ellis, illustration by Joe Busam

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior

Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco

Jazz Jottings, by Lew Shaw

Jazz Travels: Jazz Goes Collegiate!, by Bill Hoffman & Colin Hancock

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