March 2018

Life is Better with Syncopation. Spread The Word!

Vol.3, No.3 March 2018

Table of Contents

Feature Stories

Steve Ross: The King of Cabaret, by Brian R. Sheridan

What is to be Done?, by Joe Bebco

Olivier Lancelot, Knight of the Ivory Table, Bids Adieu, by Dan Levinson

Wesla Whitfield: “Time to Leave the Room”, by Lew Shaw

Gary Church, Sideman Extraordinaire, Dies at 61, by Lew Shaw

Stake a Claim in the Future of Trad Jazz, by Doug Robinson


Static From My Attic, by Andy Senior

Jazz Birthday of The Month: Pee Wee Russell, Illustration by Gary Price

Jazz Jottings, by Lew Shaw

Blowing off the Dust, By Larry Melton

Jazz Travels, by Bill Hoffman

Profiles in Jazz: The Legacy of Johnny and Baby Dodds, by Scott Yanow

The Festival Roundup, by TST

Letters to the Editor

The Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco


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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