June 2023

On the Cover


A Little Jug Music: 1926-1927

Jeff Barnhart: This month we’re starting a two-part discussion about the music of the Dixieland Jug Blowers from the mid-1920s. I’ll freely admit I’ve only

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Fred Hagers’ Trunk

When I started pursuing the legendary scrapbook that once belonged to Fred Hager, one of the aspects of this ultimate treasure was a steamer trunk

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Jazz Travels

Reflections of Ray Skjelbred

At the West Coast Ragtime Festival last November I met for the first time Ray Skjelbred (pronounced SHELL-bred in case you haven’t heard it before),

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Guy Lombardo
Jazz Birthday

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo was born Gaetano Alberto Lombardo on June 19, 1902, in London, Ontario. Encouraged by their father, Lombardo (who played violin) and his brothers

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My Inspirations

Sausage Baps and Tribute Bands

By now you faithful readers able to wade through my initial meanderings in each column are hopefully anticipating that they (usually) lead to something worthwhile.

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Ragtime Vignettes 

The Cactus Rag

Lucian P. Gibson is only known to have composed three works, one of which is The Cactus Rag, published by Stark Music Company in 1916.

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Static From My Attic

I Won’t Take It With Me

As I wrote the thumbnail bio of Guy Lombardo for the Jazz Birthday of the Month today, I had vague feelings of déjà vu. This

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News and More

More NGJB Sidelights

Alaska Memories The fourth of July weekend of 1980 found the NGJB in Juneau, Alaska, on the occasion of the city’s centennial celebration. The band’s

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Nights at the Turntable

Table of Contents

Vol.8, No.6 June 2023


Ewan Bleach: Jazz a “Rave Scene, but with Live Music”, by Dave Doyle  

Anastasia Ivanova: Russia’s Rising Jazz Star, by Garry Berman 

Glenn Miller and Me, by B.A. Nilsson 


Jazz Birthday of the Month: Guy Lombardo, illustration by Joe Busam 

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior 


Jazz Travels: Reflections of Ray Skjelbred, by Bill Hoffman 

My Inspirations: Sausage Baps and Tribute Bands, by Jeff Barnhart

Ragtime Vignettes: The Cactus Rag, by Brandon Byrne 

Quarter Notes: Down at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans!, by Shelly Gallichio 

What Was in Frederick Hager’s Trunk?, by R.S. Baker 

Jazz in San Francisco: 1916-1966, Pt. 1, by Dave Radlauer 

Rudiments of Ragtime: Installment Six – James Scott, by Larry Melton 

Profiles in Jazz: Hot Lips Page, by Scott Yanow 

Blowing off the Dust: How KRMA Taught Educational TV, by Larry Melton 

Ain’t Cha Got Music: A Little Jug Music (1926-27), by Jeff Barnhart & Hal Smith 

Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco 

News and More

Hot Jazz Returns to the Upper Mississippi in 2023, by Hal Smith 

Festival Roundup, compiled by Joe Bebco 

The Swing Era: Reconsidering the Music and the Timeline, by Lloyd Kaplan 

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano: Cabaret in Cleveland, by Brian Sheridan 


Doyle’s Discs, CD reviews by Dave Doyle 

Nights at the Turntable, CD reviews by Scott Yanow 

Off the Beaten Tracks, CD reviews by Joe Bebco 

Bert’s Bits and Beats, CD Reviews by Bert Thompson 

Rhythm Man by Stephanie S. Crease, Reviewed by Steve Provizer 

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