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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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STJS Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Following the announcement of the cancellation of the 2018 Sacramento Music Festival, the decision by the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society

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Marlene VerPlanck, 1933-2018

Marlene VerPlanck, one of the best-known interpreters of the American Popular Songbook died Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital after a brief illness.

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Chewin’ on the Chicken Fat

New Jersey Jazz Society starts 2018 in style with Big Apple all-stars They’ll be jumpin’ for joy in Jersey in January when a seven of

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Remembering Guitarist Mundell Lowe

Guitarist and fellow-Mississippian Mundell Lowe has died at age 95. My encounters with Mundell were brief but meaningful and I’d like to put these on

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A Bird in a Cage Making Minimum Wage

Try this on your piano: It was at a drive-through I met her— She caught me quite by surprise; Her voice through the speaker came

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New Wonders Release Debut Album

The New Wonders, a septet led by cornetist Mike Davis (featured on the cover of our November 2017 issue), have unofficially released their first self-titled

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Nurturing the Future of Jazz

(Photo: commons.wikimedia.org) Wynton Marsalis thinks he’s on the right track at Lincoln Center. The talented New Orleans jazz trumpeter initiated a jazz program at Lincoln

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A Note of Thanks

Note: Since this was written we have launched an online edition… we still think you should get yourself a physical copy, but you don’t need

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Ragtime Implicated in Mental Pathologies

The years 1910 and 1911 were physiologically rough on ragtime. On December 3, 1910, the Daily Oklahoman reported an address to the students at Wesleyan

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Cakewalkin’ Jass Band Celebrates 50th

Ray Heitger, leader of the Toledo-based Cakewalkin’ Jass Band, announces that the band is about to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary. Says Heitger, “We played our

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Hot Jazz in Cleveland

Eric Seddon’s Hot Club If you are a jazz fan and live in or near the environs of northeast Ohio and have not yet heard

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Lew Shaw Named 2017 JJA Jazz Hero

Lew Shaw admits he can’t sing and he doesn’t play an instrument. But over the past 30 years he has become a Jazz Hero as

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Jazz Heroes from Coast to Coast

There were a total of 20 individuals and groups from 13 states and the District of Columbia who were named 2017 Jazz Heroes for their

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Sinatra Bandleader Vincent Falcone, 79

Former Frank Sinatra musical director Vincent Falcone, died March 24, in Torrance, California. He was 79. An extremely talented and versatile pianist, Falcone was diagnosed

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Fillius Jazz Archive Is Now Available Online

How’d you like to watch an up-close-and-personal conversation with the late clarinetist Kenny Davern or the pianist Marian McPartland? How about listening to Bucky Pizzarelli

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100 Years of Jazz at Cornell

On February 26, 2017, the hundredth anniversary of the epochal Victor recording session by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the Original Cornell Syncopators recreated those

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The Grand Slam Sextet

The “King of Swing’s” music lives! When Benny Goodman’s sextet played, they could make almost anyone’s heart beat a little faster. He was able to

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Muriel Anderson Playing Harp Guitar

A New Guitar Voice Muriel Anderson, a remarkable musician, is in the top echelon of international guitarists, and perhaps one of the most versatile. Her

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Jazz is Dead!

“Jazz is Dead!” That’s what we are told time and again by the media, music publications and the general public. To satisfy my own curiosity,

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Confessions of a Radical Centrist

Why must I have an opinion? Political stands are glandular, and my glands have deteriorated. I once propounded the truth, but it stood in the

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The Fredtown Stompers Win JazzBuffalo Poll

Voters in the third annual JazzBuffalo Poll chose the Fredtown Stompers as the Queen City’s best traditional jazz group. More than 2,200 ballots were cast.

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How did the STJS Rent Party get started?

Back in the 1970s, early days of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society when the musicians’ union was stronger, STJS Exec Director Bill Borcher Made a

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Musical Therapy for Memory Loss

In 2006, Dan Cohen, a New York social worker, was struck with a simple thought: If he ever ended up in a nursing home, he

A Primordial Romance (Poem)

The hot thin soup did boil and spew The day I first encountered you; You were a protein molecule Adrift in that primeval pool. As

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Hot Jazz Compilation Benefits the ACLU

Bandleader Glenn Crytzer has just produced a compilation CD, That New Old Sound, featuring 17 of the hottest swing and vintage jazz bands working today.

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Try This on Your Piano

Dean Norman contributes a Christmas song he composed with the late Sister Jean Huling several years ago. He writes: “A few years ago, about 2005,

A Little off the Top (Poem)

I roam the earth in search of The only man who knows how to cut my hair properly, Neville the Human Pencil Sharpener. I stare

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Introducing the Original Cornell Syncopators

The Original Cornell Syncopators were founded in 2016 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, by cornetist Colin Hancock with the goal of creating an ensemble dedicated

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Sacramento Society Seeks to Raise $50,000

Citing a loss in sponsor revenue and donations, the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society has issued an appeal to members and volunteers to raise $50,000 to

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Eddie Lang Mural Unveiled in Philly

On Sunday October 23, 2016, the city of Philadelphia celebrated jazz guitar pioneer Eddie Lang (born Salvatore Massaro) with a mural located at 7th and

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Centenary Fund for Scott Joplin Memorial

Ragtime scholar Dr. Edward A. Berlin (author of King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era and Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History) has established

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I’m Alive!

To all of my dear friends and family who have asked about my adventure and me, in layman’s terms, this is as best I can

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Peter Ford’s Box Bass

Peter Ford holds down the bottom for the Baby Soda Jazz Band playing a single-string box bass of his own creation. He started out on

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