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The Syncopated Times Website on its first day.

Celebrating Two Years Online

On March 24th 2018 we announced the launch of Syncopatedtimes.com on our Facebook page. At the time we only had 300 followers. A total of

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Upbeat Recordings Acquires Jazz Oracle

Jazz Oracle was always a classy label. Their reissues, which were produced by Colin J. Bray, John Wilby and the late John R.T. Davies, featured

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Hustling for Jazz in Times of Crisis

Jazz musicians work hard and have to hustle. They seek out gigs and venues. They are more often than not their own managers, publicists, or

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A Pre-1920 St. Patrick’s Day Play List

We collected these Irish highlights from the National Jukebox, a Library of Congress effort to digitize early 78 RPM records (pre-1925) and make them available

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Paris Washboard Make Rare US Tour

Paris Washboard, the renowned French quartet, will be making its first US appearance in over two years, with four concerts in February in Pennsylvania and

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Remembering Bob Wilber

Bob Wilber, one of the finest clarinet and soprano saxophone players, died on August 4th at age 91. Bob was a direct link to his

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New Photo of Bix Beiderbecke Discovered

According to Bix scholar Albert Haim, Great American Songbook maven Michael Feinstein has unearthed a previously unknown photo of Bix Beiderbecke. The photo, which was

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Acoustically Recorded 78 rpm Discs Are Back

Colin Hancock, founder of The Original Cornell Syncopators, announced via Facebook on July 17th that he had successfully reverse-engineered the process for recording disc records

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Stompin’ at the Virtual Savoy

Famed Harlem Ballroom to Throw Open its (Digital) Doors Once More In May of 1937, around 4,000 swing fans crowded a ballroom to see two

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is celebrated every April in recognition of the significant contribution that jazz music has made to society. First established in 2011

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No Headstone for Dizzy Gillespie?

While Corona, Queens, resident Louis Armstrong has had his home (rightly) made into a national shrine and public monies and private donors lavishly fund the

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Even Terrible Twos Get the Blues

Dan Levinson recently posted a conversation on Facebook that he had with his young daughter Aven regarding her musical tastes. It bears sharing with our

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Awarding times for Cynthia Sayer

Cynthia Sayer will be in New York City on Fri, March 8 (which also happens to be International Women’s Day), giving a show called “Hot

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New San Diego Fest Head Announced

Paul Daspit has retired as director of the San Diego Thanksgiving Festival, a position he has held since 2011. Taking his place is Bill Adams,

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Seniors of Note Big Band Celebrates 27 Years

“Jazz seems to be cool again in Ventura County,” observed a recent article in the Ventura County Reporter. Local venues, including restaurants, service clubs, neighborhood

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Lew Shaw Merits “Jazz Hero” Status

This campaign was successful and Lew did receive his Jazz Hero recognition. Read about it here: Lew Shaw Named 2017 JJA Jazz Hero Every year the

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Grammy Nominations of Syncopated Interest

Look here for the results: Tonight’s Grammy Winners of Interest to Syncopated Times Readers Maria Muldaur’s tribute to singer Blue Lu Barker was nominated for a

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Teaching Music in the 21st Century

Three years ago, Todd Stoll, president of the Jazz Educators Network, wrote a piece on “Teaching Music in the 21st Century,” which was picked up

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Campaign Songs of the Jazz Era

Campaign songs became increasingly important with the rise of sheet music from about 1840. The recording era made them even more accessible to the people.

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Remembering Les Lieber

The New York Times of July 17, 2018, carried a story about Les Lieber’s death at 106. He was a New York advertising executive and

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Larry Karp Memorial Fund Established

Will Benefit Music Education and Appreciation in Schools The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival Foundation in Sedalia, Missouri, has established a Memorial Fund to honor author,

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Midsummer Night Swing Under Way

After the opera, ballet, and classical music seasons ended at New York City’s Lincoln Center, a magical transformation took place around the bandshell in Damrosch

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Tex Wyndham’s Texas Shout Returns!

Texas Shout was a wildly popular column which ran in our predecessor papers, The West Coast Rag and The American Rag. Tex Wyndham is a

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Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee

In their last press release before the festival they gave us a shout out, and we’d like to return the favor. There’s still time to

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Pops Coffee Retires His Blog

If you don’t know who Pops Coffee is you’ve been missing out. Since 2013 he has maintained a wonderful blog chronicling the album releases, shows,

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