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Ragtime Music in Sutter Creek

The month of August brings the warm days of summer and the return of the 23rd  Annual “Historic Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival”. This year, the weekend

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Panama, Pt. 2

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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Harrigan’s Orpheum

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

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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Jazz Goes Collegiate!

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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The American Rag Archive

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

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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Peter & Will Anderson Live at Songbook Summit

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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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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Sitting In

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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Monterey is Back in 2022!

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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