June 2021

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Features

Panama, Pt. 1

Panama, Pt. 1

Hal Smith: Jeff, when you think about the traditional jazz “warhorses”—like “At The Jazz Band Ball,” “That’s A Plenty” or “Fidgety Feet”—traditional jazz musicians usually

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News and More

 Jazz Jottings June 2021

 Jazz Jottings June 2021

Sad news that Arthur’s Tavern, the historic blues and jazz club in New York City’s West Village for over 70 years, has officially closed. The

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Columns

Stan McDonald
The Legend is True
David Radlauer

Farewell to Stan McDonald (1935-2021)

Stanley ‘Stan’ Montrose McDonald, Jr. (1935-2021) loved the music of Sidney Bechet, his wife Ellen, their historic semi-rural Massachusetts home and a hard-driving rhythm section

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There Goes Another Gig
The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

There Goes Another Gig

I was talking with a colleague recently who told me that someone had uploaded all the Nirvana songs to an A.I. algorithm, then the A.I.

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Don Murray
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Don Murray

Don Murray was born in Joliet, Illinois, on June 7, 1904, and attended high school in Chicago. In his teens he earned a reputation as

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At the Nickel-A-Dance
Quarter Notes
Shelly Gallichio

Nickel-A-Dance Returns!

Sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the following press release was a welcome announcement: “NICKEL-A-DANCE is a free series of Sunday afternoon

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Bob Darch: Saving Sedalia’s Ragtime Heritage
Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Stepping Out Of The Shade

As I watch civilization slowly emerge from our pandemic hibernation, I realize we still live in a dangerous world. I find myself in a tentative

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Keenan Traditions
Ragtime Vignettes 
Brandon Byrne

Brian Keenan • The Wagon Wheel

Music enthusiasts interested in folk-flavored Ragtime should take a serious look at the work of Minnesotan Brian Keenan, whose The Wagon Wheel is a modern

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Second Hand Rows
Randi Cee
Randi Cee

Second Hand Rows

4 years BC (Before Covid) my life hit a scary financial pothole. I had a small, yet vital secondary income and theoretically it would have

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Memento Mori
Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Memento Mori

By the time you hold this paper in your hand, I will have achieved the grim distinction of being exactly the same age New Yorker

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Reviews

Nights at the Turntable

Ron Russell Legacy CD

The Ron Russell Legacy

Jazz history of the 20th century will be best remembered through its recordings. Just as stage actors who did not appear in films are doomed

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Off the Beaten Track

The Secret Six Jazz Band

The Secret Six

The Secret Six is a pandemic inspired ensemble featuring core members of the Smoking Times Jazz Club, one of my favorite New Orleans bands, as

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King Oliver Project

The King Oliver Project

In October 2019 a group of top tier traditional jazz musicians decided to learn from King Oliver‘s iconic Creole jazz Band recordings by playing them

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Russ Tarby

Bert's Bits and Beats

Dave Doyle

The Final Chorus

Table of Contents

Columns

Jazz Birthday of the Month: Don Murray, illustration by Joe Busam

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior

Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco

Jazz Jottings, by Lew Shaw

Quarter Notes, by Shelly Gallichio

The Professor is IN: There Goes Another Gig, by Adrian Cunningham

Ragtime Vignettes: The Wagon Wheel, reviewed by Brandon Byrne

Charlie Carson Records in the Far East, by R.S. Baker

Festival Roundup, compiled by Joe Bebco

The Haenschen-Joplin Connection: a Readers’ Exchange

Profiles in Jazz: Red Norvo and Mildred Bailey, by Scott Yanow

Blowing off the Dust: Stepping Out Of the Shade, by Larry Melton

Ain’t Cha Got Music: Panama, Part 1, by Jeff Barnhart & Hal Smith

Second Hand Rows, by Randi Cee

Reviews

Maria Muldaur, Tuba Skinny Collaborate on “Happy” Project, by Russ Tarby

Nights at the Turntable, CD reviews by Scott Yanow

Pandemonium by the Black Swan Jazz Band, reviewed byBert Thompson

Diplomacy in Swing, review by Dave Doyle

Off the Beaten Tracks, CD reviews by Joe Bebco

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