October 2020

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Steve Yocum

Remembering Steve Yocum

There are many, including myself, who are mourning the loss of one the most colorful and exuberant characters of traditional jazz. Steve Yocum, quite effectively,

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W.C. Handy Oval Portrait
The Legend is True
David Radlauer

W. C. Handy Remembers

The music, words and voice of William Christopher Handy (1873-1958) reveal his passion for Blues music and African American culture. He was one of the earliest gathering

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Eddie Lang by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang was born Salvatore Massaro in Philadelphia on October 25, 1902. His personal and musical history is inextricably linked with that of Joe Venuti,

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A Wee Doech-an-doris
Letters to the Editor
David Sager

A Wee Doech-an-doris

A recent Syncopated Times piece, in which the bagpipes played an ominous cameo, sent me thinking back to a steady gig, and one memorable Friday

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Jazz Jottings
Lew Shaw

Finding the Way Forward

After eight long months of cancellations and dark venues, there is at last a glimmer of light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. With

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Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Reflections in the Key of F

I realize that most readers turn to this column with the expectation of somewhat light-hearted commentary, so I am reluctant to unpack this month’s stock

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Nights at the Turntable

Bean Soup Odidrep

Bean Soup • Odidrep

Bean Soup is a quintet comprised of tenor-saxophonist Michel Bescont, trumpeter Michel Bonnet, pianist Jacques Schneck, bassist Leigh Barker, and drummer Stephane Roger. On Odidrep

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Off the Beaten Tracks

Dave Doyle

Bert Thompson

Syncopated Bookshelf

The Final Chorus

Table of Contents

Vol.5, No.10 October 2020


Dave Stuckey: Pass the Swingin’ Music, Pappy!, interview by Hal Smith

Ray Skjelbred: Living a Jazz Life – Chicago, Pt. 1, interview by John Ochs

The Tenement Jazz Band: Last Jazz Out of Dodge, by Dave Doyle 

Eyewitness to the Last of the Jazz Giants, by Arnold Koch 

Learning by Listening, Reading, and Doing, by Raymond A. Heitger

Pickin’ on the Plectrum (and the Tenor, Too!), by Hal Smith & John Gill

W.C. Handy Remembers, by Dave Radlauer


Jazz Birthday of the Month: Eddie Lang, illustration by Joe Busam 

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior 


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