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Stompin’ at the Virtual Savoy

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

Fud Livingston

In Walked Fud

“[Fud Livingston’s] final decade was a difficult one, and a pernicious addiction to alcohol ultimately took him out ahead of schedule. Until shortly before his

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The Festival Roundup April 2019

PENSACOLA JAZZ FESTIVAL (Pensacola, FL) – April 6-7 Now in its 36th year, this free festival is staged April 6 and 7, at the historic

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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

Pre-1920 St. Patrick's Day Play List

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

Jazz Blooms at NYC’s Easter Parade

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

Awarding times for Cynthia Sayer

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

New San Diego Fest Head Announced

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,

Seniors of Note Big Band Celebrates 27 Years

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

Jazz Jottings January 2017

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

Grammy Nominations of Syncopated Interest

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

Teaching Music in the 21st Century

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

Danny Bacher- Still Happy Album Release Party

Danny Bacher- Still Happy Album Release Party

His first album, Swing That Music, paid tribute to three Louis’; Prima, Armstrong, and Jordan, delivering an eclectic mix of American classics with personality and

Campaign Songs of the Jazz Era

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.

How Clean is Your Palate?

How Clean is Your Palate?

I don’t know if there is a law, axiom, or principle to this effect someplace, but I begin to discover that the best way to

Here’s looking at you North Dakota

Where does your state rank? As of 9/9/2018, we’ve had 14,720 unique visitors to the site since launching in March, 10,600 from the United States.

Remembering Les Lieber

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

On Antique Radios: a Reader Replies

Letters to the Editor August 2018

– The Algorithm Is No Friend – To the Editor: July is a great issue. For starters, there was the always reliable and insightful Scott

Mike Vax on Jazz Education

Mike Vax on Jazz Education

For more than four decades former Stan Kenton lead-trumpeter Mike Vax has traveled the United States and overseas preaching and playing the Jazz Gospel. So

Larry Karp Memorial Fund Established

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,

Bix & Satch’s season in the sun

Bix & Satch’s season in the sun

Festival previews Bix & Satch’s season in the sun By Russ Tarby Two of the hottest brassmen of the Jazz Age – Bix Beiderbecke and

Midsummer Night Swing Under Way

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

Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee

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

Ellis Marsalis Among 2018 Jazz Heroes

Ellis Marsalis Among 2018 Jazz Heroes

2018 Jazz Hero Ellis Marsalis, Jr. (photo courtesy www.gpacweb.com) Ellis Marsalis, Jr., New Orleans, pianist, educator, NEA Jazz Master and the patriarch of a musical

Happy International Jazz Day

Happy International Jazz Day

 April 30th is International Jazz Day. Events are being held in 200 countries this year and the host city is St. Petersburg, Russia. A concert

The Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band

The Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band

The Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band is an all-female supergroup made up of some of the most sought-after young stars of the New Orleans Traditional

“Who Stole My Tuba?”

“Who Stole My Tuba?”

There has been a wave of Tuba theft stories circling the internet. It all started when an a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, while

Online Fundraiser to Aid Ken Peplowski

Online Fundraiser to Aid Ken Peplowski

Reedman Ken Peplowski is a virtuosic clarinet and sax player who has notably enlivened his jazz gigs with his wry humor. But what Ken has

Jazz Inspired on Long Island

Jazz Inspired on Long Island

The syndicated weekly radio show Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired is partnering with the Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., in Patchogue, N.Y., on the south

UNESCO Designates April 30 International Jazz Day

UNESCO Designates April 30 International Jazz Day

Related Story: Happy International Jazz Day The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day to

Stomptime Launches Ragtime Cruise

Stomptime Launches Ragtime Cruise

When it comes to creating famous quotes that are destined to be repeated generation after generation, Brian Holland says his father was no Mark Twain.

Puerto Rico Jazz Fundraiser Update

Puerto Rico Jazz Fundraiser Update

  An overdue update on my project to raise money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. As you may recall, in addition to a GoFundMe page

Film Celebrates Pittsburgh Jazz

Film Celebrates Pittsburgh Jazz

(Pianist Mary Lou Williams) The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told, a new documentary film produced by MCG Jazz in Pittsburgh, features the talents of international

Sacramento Jazz Society Reboots

Sacramento Jazz Society Reboots

The traditional jazz society in Sacramento lives to see another day! It’s just in a different format. The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society officially went out

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