July 2022

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Ain't Cha Got Letters?
Ain't Cha Got Music?

Ain’t Cha Got Letters?

Jeff Barnhart: Hal, last month I mentioned we’d continue with an exploration of the seminal early jazz classic, “Copenhagen.” Let’s postpone that for a month

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Omer Simeon by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday

Omer Simeon

Omer Simeon was born July 21, 1902, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Though born in the Crescent City, Simeon ironically did not start to play clarinet

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Show Business Neighbors
Blowing Off The Dust

Show Business Neighbors

When Joe Bebco forwarded an inquiry about Max Morath from Anne Phillips recently, I anxiously responded. Anne and her husband, bassist Bill Phillips, were neighbors

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What's in a Name?
Randi Cee

What’s in a Name?

In general, artistic “titles” such as actor, dancer, painter, potter can have a set of preconceived notions or stereotypes that go along with them. I

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Fig Leaf Rag
Ragtime Vignettes 

Fig Leaf Rag

Scott Joplin’s ornate and harmonious Fig Leaf Rag is probably his most difficult piece to play. The B and C sections—with their right hand thirds

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Nights at the Turntable

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Table of Contents

July 2022

Vol.7, No.7 July 2022


The New York Classic Seven Make Swiss Time, by Brian R. Sheridan

Diana Does Billie: Lady Sings the Blues at 50, by Steve Provizer

Unearthing and Restoring One Step to Chicago, by Bryan Wright

Remembering Burt Bales 1916-1989, by Hal Smith


New Orleans Music Observed, book reviewed by Scott Yanow

Nights at the Turntable, CD reviews by Scott Yanow

Life Through the Eyes of a Jazz Journalist, book review by Joe Bebco

Doyle’s Discs, CD reviews by Dave Doyle

Red Beans ’n’ Rice, CD Review by Bert Thompson

Bix “Ain’t None of Them Play Like Him Yet”, DVD review by Scott Yanow

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