May 2021

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Maple Leaf Rag Contract
Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all

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Whoever's Left Jazz Band
The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

A Quarantine Year in Review

Well folks, it’s been one full year since our lives all fundamentally changed. If you’d have asked me a year ago where we’d be by

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Free Jazz vs Paid Jazz: Does It Work? Lessons from the Elkhart Jazz Festival
Festival Roundup
Joe Bebco

The Festival Roundup May 2021

Do not interpret an event not being on this list as a cancellation, it means only that they have yet to announce any information about

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You Can't Kill Death
Randi Cee
Randi Cee

You Can’t Kill Death

I don’t know who first said it but it’s as true a statement as one can utter: Death is the great equalizer. On Monday, April

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St. Louis Ragtime Fest NBEJB & Terry Waldo ca 1972
Letters to the Editor
Andy Senior

Letters to the Editor May 2021

Cheers for Terry Waldo!  To the Editor: I enjoyed the recent article about Terry Waldo by Larry Melton and Neal Siegal published in the April

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Red Nichols
Jazz Birthday
Scott Yanow

Red Nichols

Ernest Loring “Red” Nichols was born May 8, 1905, in Ogden, Utah. He began playing cornet when he was five, played with his father’s brass

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Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Confessions of a Mad Reader

I was reminded of my favorite childhood reading material this past month when I heard that Frank Jacobs, the extraordinary writer of light verse and

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Reviews

Nights at the Turntable

Bert's Bits and Beats

Neal Siegal

Syncopated Bookshelf

The Final Chorus

Marek Boym

Marek Boym 1941- 2021, RIP

Marek Boym passed March 31, a few days after his 80th birthday. I’ve been a lifelong Jazz enthusiast and, at age 76, considered myself fairly

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