May 2023

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Quarter Notes

Jazz Journeys in the Desert

The Arizona Classic Jazz Society held its March meeting at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix – Chandler Golf Resort aka the San Marcos Hotel with our

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Static From My Attic

Emerging from the Woodshed

We often hear stories of various wunderkinder who, as soon as their pudgy toddler hands become articulated enough to thump keys on a keyboard, play

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Rudiments of Ragtime

Rudiments of Ragtime 5: John Stark

John Stark was one of the America’s foremost publishers of “classic” ragtime sheet music and of early American Classical Music. He was born in Kentucky

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Bing Crosby by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3, 1903, in Tacoma, Washington, growing up in Spokane. His lifelong nickname of Bing came from

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Randi Cee

Birthday Blues

“Everything happens for the best” Does it really? In a continuation of last month’s theme of reality being how we perceive it, perhaps the better

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Blowing Off The Dust

A Reprieve

It had been a reasonably normal day, perhaps even a little more pleasant than most. However, toward the middle of the afternoon, a minor cough

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Ragtime Vignettes 

Rags Under Quarantine

Despite society’s abstinence from live music events in 2020, interesting Ragtime compositions were written during the Covid-19 pandemic, a testament to the music’s enduring appeal.

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News and More

The Festival Roundup May 2023

AHOY VINTAGE CRUISES: Matt Tolentino and his Singapore Slingers (Southampton, UK – New York, NY) May 18-26 A Transatlantic Ragtime Romp with Matt Tolentino and

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Nights at the Turntable

Table of Contents

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior

Jazz Travels: 2023 The Templeton Festival, by Bill Hoffman 

My Inspirations: “Millions for Sports, but Not One Cent for…”, by Jeff Barnhart 

Ragtime Vignettes: Rags Under Quarantine, by Brandon Byrne 

Quarter Notes: Jazz Journeys in the Desert, by Shelly Gallichio 

More Explorations and Discoveries in NYC, by R.S. Baker 

Festival Roundup, compiled by Joe Bebco 

Rudiments of Ragtime: Installment Five: John Stark, by Larry Melton 

Profiles in Jazz: Jimmy and Marian McPartland, by Scott Yanow 

Blowing off the Dust: A Reprieve, by Larry Melton 

Birthday Blues, by Randi Cee  

Ain’t Cha Got Music: “Goose Pimples”, by Jeff Barnhart, Hal Smith, Andy Schumm 

News & More

Peggy Haine & The Lowdown Alligator Jass Band Play Again, by Russ Tarby 

TST GoFundMe Donations Reach 25 Percent of Goal

It Wasn’t Just the Music, by Phil Crumley 


Mint Julep Jazz Band: Watch the Birdie reviewed by Dave Doyle

Cigar Box Serenaders: Spasm, reviewed by Dave Doyle

Nights at the Turntable, reviews by Scott Yanow 

Following the Drums, by John M. Shaw, reviewed by Joe Bebco 

Some Singing by James Evans, reviewed by Ted des Plantes

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