March 2021

On the Cover


Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band

The Story of The Salty Dogs

With the War over, it was time for everyone to get on with their lives, including, in many cases, going back to college to finish

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Jazz Short: Howard Alden

Of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of musicians hired for Elkhart’s jazz festival, Howard Alden was one of the youngsters. …only in his forties! Now, a

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Duke Ellington - Cotton Tail

Codification of Jazz Solos

A codified solo provides the audience with the experience of hearing something they’ve become familiar with through recordings. Jazz musicians, among themselves, have always loved

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Louis Prima
Profiles In Jazz
Scott Yanow

Louis Prima: Profiles in Jazz

Throughout his long career, Louis Prima was a New Orleans-based trumpeter, a good-humored singer, and a lovable personality. While his wide-ranging career can easily be

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A Blues Dance by Miguel Covarrubias (plate from Blues by W.C. Handy, 2nd Ed., 1926)
Ain't Cha Got Music?
Hal Smith -with- Jeff Barnhart

Jazz for Dancers, Part 1

Jeff Barnhart: Hal, this month’s column marks a thematic departure for us, but it is a subject about which I’ve given considerable thought over the

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Jean Goldkette by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Jean Goldkette

Jean Goldkette’s date and place of birth remain a matter of conjecture. According to Wikipedia, he was born March 18, 1893, though May 18 of

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Can this Marriage Be Saved Adrian crop
The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

Saxophone Repair

As professional musicians, our instruments are our tools of the trade. So, it’s important to keep that instrument in the best possible working condition. Regular

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Dave Bennet finale
Quarter Notes
Shelly Gallichio

Quarter Notes: Bits and Pieces

The Preservation Hall Foundation has started a new virtual instruction program with lesson plans that apply to K-12 educators, students, and parents. Access is free

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Recording Pioneers
R.S. Baker

Hager’s Two Dollar Overtures

In 1903, two of the major disc record companies ventured into unexplored territory: long playing records. The Victor talking machine company and Columbia phonograph company

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Hudson Lake c1928
Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

A Toast to Bix

I’m going to veer wildly off-format here in order to fulfill a promise I made in this column last month. Last year, a subscriber named

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Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Carolina ’Cue Wars…

I believe I have made more valuable and lasting friendships in the past year of so-called social isolation, than I have made in the past

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Bria Skonberg and Molly Ryan
Jazz Jottings
Lew Shaw

Jazz Jottings March 2021

Joining Scott Whitfield as a 2021 inductee into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame is Brad Roth, who for the past 20 years has

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Festival Roundup
Joe Bebco

The Festival Roundup March 2021

Only events that are officially a go, or that have officially cancelled, rescheduled, or switched to an online format are included below. Do not interpret

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Nights at the Turntable

Off the Beaten Tracks

Dave Doyle

Movie Review

Syncopated Bookshelf

The Final Chorus

Table of Contents


Jazz Birthday of the Month: Jean Goldkette, illustration by Joe Busam

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior and Guest Columnist John Gahan

Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco

Jazz Jottings, by Lew Shaw

The Professor is IN: Saxophone Repair, by Adrian Cunningham

Quarter Notes: Bits and Pieces, by Shelly Gallichio

Hager’s Two-Dollar Overtures, by R.S. Baker

Festival Roundup, compiled by Joe Bebco

Profiles in Jazz: Louis Prima, by Scott Yanow

Blowing off the Dust: Virtual Friends, by Larry Melton

The Triumph and Tragedy of Bunny Berigan, by Dave Radlauer

Ain’t Cha Got Music: Dancing Jazz, Pt. 1, by Jeff Barnhart and Hal Smith


Announcing the Syncopated Times Radio Network

1811/Kid Ory House Opens to the Tune of “Muskrat Ramble”, by Russ Tarby

Jazzdagen Tours Announces New Jazz Cruises, by Alida Meijers


Nights at the Turntable, CD Reviews by Scott Yanow

Book Review: The Lady Swings by Dottie Dodgion, by Scott Yanow

Off the Beaten Tracks, CD Reviews by Joe Bebco

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