March 2018

On the Cover



Stomptime Launches Ragtime Cruise

When it comes to creating famous quotes that are destined to be repeated generation after generation, Brian Holland says his father was no Mark Twain.

Puerto Rico Jazz Cruise Benefit

Puerto Rico Jazz Fundraiser Update

An overdue update on my project to raise money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. As you may recall, in addition to a GoFundMe page (thanks

Pianist Mary Lou Williams

Film Celebrates Pittsburgh Jazz

The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told, a new documentary film produced by MCG Jazz in Pittsburgh, features the talents of international Jazz Masters George Benson,

Sacramento Traditional jazz society

Sacramento Jazz Society Reboots

The traditional jazz society in Sacramento lives to see another day! It’s just in a different format. The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society officially went out


Pee Wee Russell
Jazz Birthday
Gary Price

Charles Ellsworth “Pee Wee” Russell

Charles Ellsworth “Pee Wee” Russell was born March 27, 1906, in Maplewood, Missouri. He spent his childhood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he variously studied violin,

Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

On Going Postal(ly)

When I began publishing The Syncopated Times in February 2016, I stated my determination to reach out beyond the arbitrary borders of this country to

On the Levee posed onstage at Mint (2)
Jazz Jottings
Lew Shaw

Jazz Jottings March 2018

After 32 years of service, John Edward Haase has stepped down as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and

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The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

The Professor’s Guide to Scat Singing

Jazz is a mysterious art form, full of many eccentricities, not the least of which is that elusive style of singing known as scat singing. Scatting

Jazz Travels
Bill Hoffman

Hot Jazz at the NYC Winter JazzFest

The New York Hot Jazz Fest Stage is a small part of Winter JazzFest, an eight-day event of—as its organizers claim—“communal celebration, open discourse, and

Ken Peplowski Fred McIntoshs Jazz Party Aug 17 2014 John Herr
Festival Roundup
Andy Senior

Festival Roundup March 2018

This is The Festival Roundup as printed in our March 2018 issue, the current Roundup can be found in our menu under “Events” JAZZ BASH

Strongwoman and Piano
Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Olympic Instrumentalists

Throughout mid-February, I was suitably entertained watching the Winter Olympics. I thoroughly enjoy the amazing feats of skill, endurance, agility and downright courage the athletes

Letters to the Editor
Syncopated Times

Letters to the Editor March 2018

Cortland, not Corning To the Editor: Thank you for the front-page article on Colin Hancock, an amazing young musician and more whom I’m privileged to


Event Review

Joey Alexander Corning Feb 17 2018 John Herr

Concert Review: Joey Alexander

Fourteen-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander brought a brand-new trio to the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium February 17, drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd.

Nights at the Turntable

Bunny Berigan His Boys 1936 1937

Bunny Berigan & His Boys 1936-1937

One of the greatest trumpeters in jazz history and an exciting musical force throughout the 1930s, Bunny Berigan led big bands during 1937-42 and starred

Swedish jazz Vol 2

Swedish Jazz of the 1920s and ’30s

Early jazz collectors who are close to owning all of the significant American and British jazz recordings will find much of interest in the Svensk

Off the Beaten Tracks

Bria Skonberg Bria

Bria Skonberg: Three Albums Compared

I have the pleasure to review this month three albums from a remarkable talent known to many readers of The Syncopated Times; trumpeter and vocalist

The Final Chorus

Bill Moody

Jazz author Bill Moody dies at 76

BILL MOODY, 76, on Jan. 12, at home in Vallejo California. The author of nonfiction books on jazz topics as well as a series of

Table of Contents


The Professor is IN, by Adrian Cunnigham


The Syncopated Bookshelf:

Jazz Transatlantic: The African Undercurrent in Twentieth-Century Jazz Culture by Gerhard Kubik, reviewed by Joe Bebco

Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music by Barry Mazor, reviewed by Joe Bebco

Experiencing Big Band Jazz by Jeff Sultanof, reviewed by Michael Steinman

Album Reviews:

Nights at the Turntable, by Scott Yanow

Off the Beaten Tracks, by Joe Bebco

Concert Review: Joey Alexander, text and photos by John Herr

Other News & Event Previews

Stomptime Launches Ragtime Cruise, from a press release

Sacramento Jazz Society Reboots, by Lew Shaw

Puerto Rico Jazz Fundraiser Update, by Joel Albert

Film Celebrates Pittsburgh Jazz, by Lew Shaw

Swingin’ into Saratoga June 23-24, by Russ Tarby


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