November 2022

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Charlie Shavers
Profiles In Jazz

Charlie Shavers: Profiles in Jazz

When one thinks of the great swing trumpeters of the 1930s and ’40s, the names of Louis Armstrong, Bunny Berigan, Henry “Red” Allen, Harry James,

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Halfway House Orchestra
Ain't Cha Got Music?

The Halfway House Orchestra

Jeff Barnhart: Hal, this month we’re examining the output of the remarkably polished Halfway House Orchestra, a white dance band that had a residency at

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Blowing Off The Dust

More Reflections on Treemonisha

I have written a lot about Treemonisha over the years and since 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the first two fully staged productions of

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Willie "The Lion" Smith by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday

Willie “The Lion” Smith

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith was born on November 25, 1897, in Goshen, New York. Young Willie began playing piano when he was six

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Ragtime Vignettes 

The Smoky Topaz

The Smoky Topaz, published in 1901 by Whitney Warner in Detroit. Her treatment of form in The Smoky Topaz shows her maturity as a teenage

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Quarter Notes

Swing That Music!

In Chandler, Arizona, the Arizona Classic Jazz Society reconvened after their summer hiatus to enjoy the Wildcat Jazz Band at their monthly event in September.

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Man with battery radio
My Inspirations

Confessions of a Reluctant Luddite

On those rare occasions when I manage to accomplish something even marginally technological (or even technical), like finding the on/off button on a computer or

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Jazz Jottings

Jazz Jottings November 2022

Back in the 1920s and ’30s, the place to go dancing in Western Massachusetts was Cook’s Butterfly Ballroom in my home town of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Static From My Attic

Resoling Grandpa’s Shoes

In this dim and chilly season, as snowbirds migrate south and leaves fall from the trees, I turn from my preoccupation with my own foibles

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