October 2021

On the Cover


Hager beefsteak(1911) detail

Boston Brass and Beefsteak

In 1910, a new phonograph company emerged in Boston, it was founded upon a few generous donations from local elites. Their donations set the company

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From left: Jeff Barnhart, John Sheridan, Hank Troy; seated: the great Ralph Sutton
My Inspirations
Jeff Barnhart

Ralph Sutton’s Last Hurrah

Last month, I included a partial list of discontinued festivals in my column. Performing at these festivals provided me with memories that make me smile

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Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Finding the Way Forward

In every issue of The Syncopated Times, I mean to celebrate the life force; syncopation itself is the pulse of life. The beat of one’s

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Max Morath by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Max Morath

We are delighted to extend birthday greetings to ragtime scholar, polymath, and entertainer Max Morath, who turns 95 on October 1st. Max was born on

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Final Chorus Archive
Joe Bebco

The Final Chorus October 2021

Note: These are the abbreviated remembrances that run at the front of the paper. Each of these men earned a longer tribute that can be

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Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, and Mindi Abair at the Bowl. (Randi Cee photo)
Randi Cee
Randi Cee

The Tears of a Clown

My desire to lead my band and sing the old tunes hasn’t cooled, but my hustle has. My reality with an at-risk mother has devolved

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The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

An American Art Form

Jazz has had quite an amazing journey this last hundred years. It is no longer the music of the downtrodden and uneducated lower classes. It

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Vincent Matthew Johnson
Ragtime Vignettes 
Brandon Byrne

Red Envelope Rag

Vincent Matthew Johnson (pictured) is one of the most accomplished Ragtime composers alive; though young, he has already written several masterpieces in both Classic and

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Quarter Notes
Shelly Gallichio

Jazz in the Mountains

While Hurricane Ida was heading towards New Orleans and the State of Louisiana, we were up in the northern part of Arizona at the Prescott

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Sun Valley
Festival Roundup
Joe Bebco

The Festival Roundup October 2021

REDWOOD COAST MUSIC FESTIVAL (Eureka, CA) Postponed The Redwood Coast Music Festival Board of Directors voted this week to postpone this year’s events due to

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Jazz Jottings
Lew Shaw

Jazz Jottings October 2021

Called “one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to ever make landfall in the United States,” Hurricane Ida did a number on three historic landmarks in

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Reviews and Previews

Nights at the Turntable

Dave Doyle

Off the Beaten Tracks

The Syncopated Bookshelf


The Final Chorus

Table of Contents

Vol.6, No.10 September 2021


Max Morath: Records That Changed Ragtime History, by Matthew de Lacey Davidson

History of the Galvanized Jazz Band, Pt.3: After the Millpond, by Art Hovey

The Ragtime Era and the Birth of Public Television, by Max Morath with Larry Melton

Vince Giordano: Keeper of the Jazz Age Flame, by Lew Shaw

The Red Onion Jazz Band: A Hot Time in NYC, by Hal Smith & John Gill


Jazz Birthday of the Month: Max Morath, illustration by Joe Busam

Static from my Attic, by Andy Senior

Final Chorus, compiled by Joe Bebco

Jazz Jottings, by Lew Shaw

My Inspirations: Ralph Sutton’s Last Stand, by Jeff Barnhart

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