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From the 33rd West Coast Ragtime Festival

A plenitude of pleasures delighted fans who filled Rancho Cordova’s elegant Marriott Hotel and then some as the 33rd annual West Coast Ragtime Festival opened

Dave Bennet finale

From the 2019 Suncoast Jazz Festival

I just returned from Suncoast Jazz Festival in Clearwater, Florida. Let’s cut to the chase. It was outstanding in every respect; organization, music, venue and

Shaye Cohn Jazz Jubilee by the Sea

Jazz Jubilee by the Sea 2019 Recap

The 2019 Jazz Jubilee by the Sea was a real blow-out. World-renowned New Orleans busking-band Tuba Skinny made their first-ever West Coast festival appearance. In

John Hallam & Tom Kincaid

From the Pershore UK Jazz Festival

The last thing I expected from my 10th annual visit to the Pershore Jazz Festival was the premiere of an unreleased Benny Goodman tune. Yet

Adam Swanson Ragfest 2019

Ragfest 2019: Scintillating Syncopation

A surfeit of syncopation descended on Southern California’s Orange County on September 7 as RagFest 2019 attracted a goodly complement of enthusiasts to revel in

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From the 2019 Bude Jazz Festival

How does one summarize a four-day festival? Let’s start with the setting. The program lists 35 bands, not all OKOM, or at least my kind


Digging Ragtime Gold at Sutter Creek

Northern California’s gold rush town of Sutter Creek, in the Sierra foothills southeast of Sacramento, hosted its annual ragtime festival August 9-11 this year under

Ascona Jazz Panaorama

From The 2019 Ascona Jazz Festival

Ascona has been described as “ridiculously picturesque” and it is. On the shores of Lake Maggiore in Southern Switzerland, with the mountains sweeping down to

Chet Jaeger and Phil Andreen

The Valley Jazz Club Celebrates 50 Years

The Valley Jazz Club, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to playing and promoting Traditional Jazz in the San Fernando Valley, celebrated its 50th Anniversary on May

David Reffkin & Dave Majchrzak

Festival Week in Sedalia

Sedalia syncopated again this year as the 38th Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival attracted aficionados from near and far for four days of revelry in ragtime

Tammy McCann Eyal Vilner

Gospel and Big Band in Tel Aviv

Maybe because it is the Holyland, the mythical land of prayer and salvation, that Israel was the right setting for the premiere of Eyal Vilner’s

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The Chaperone

The PBS film The Chaperone is currently making the rounds in specialty movie houses. It is based on the book of the same name by

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Sissle and Blake’s Shuffle Along of 1950

The 1921 show Shuffle Along was groundbreaking. The first African-American production to be staged on Broadway since 1910, it was the first to feature blacks

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The Syncopation Society of Berlin

Promotional Sampler – Syncopation Society by Artists represented by Syncopation Society BerlinSometimes things just fit in perfectly. In this case, Syncopation Society Berlin and The

Bria Skonberg Utica

Bria Skonberg Quintet Live in Concert

The Bria Skonberg Quintet recently visited an art gallery in snowy Utica for a memorable performance. Bria Skonberg has grown as a musician, in style,

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A Celtic Django: Quinn Bachand and Brishen

Quinn Bachand is a name to watch. He’s an electrifying acoustic guitar player and fiddler from Victoria, British Columbia, who leads a worldly gypsy jazz

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You’re IN the Band by Cynthia Sayer

Over the years, I’ve suffered a certain number of headaches owing to musicians (and occasionally whole bands) who mounted the bandstand without the merest clue

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Three Releases from the Rivermont Label

Rivermont, under the direction of pianist Bryan Wright, has amassed a very impressive catalog filled with hot jazz, ragtime, stride and rag pianists, historic recordings

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The Music Makers of Gennett Records

It was a matter of geography. During one of the most vital periods in American music, from the late 1910s to around 1930, Gennett Records

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Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders

MICHAEL GAMBLE AND THE RHYTHM SERENADERS Do you enjoy hot small-group swing? Then Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders’ self-titled CD is definitely for you.

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Duke Ellington’s Treasury Shows

From Apr. 7, 1945 through Nov. 1945 and again from Apr-Oct. 1946, Duke Ellington and his orchestra appeared on a weekly series of 55-minute programs

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Hendrik Meurkens on Two New Albums

Cabin in the Sky Hendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonica; Bill Cunliffe, piano Height Advantage ( Music from the Heart Roger Davidson Quartet featuring Hendrik Meurkens Soundbrush

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Ce Biguine! by Charlie Halloran

Ce Biguine! by Charlie Halloran When I’m preparing for a review I often write the artist for a comment. If I’m lucky I get a

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Whiskey Moon Face

I’ve recently reviewed two traditional jazz albums featuring the distinctive vocals of Louisa Jones. (Man Overboard Qunitet, The Cable Street Rag Band.) She is accompanied

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The 8-Bit Big Band- Press Start!

Press Start! by The 8-Bit Big Band Charlie Rosen wrangled dozens of musicians into a big band to perform quality arrangements of classic video game

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Tom Lord’s Online Jazz Discography

TOM LORD’S JAZZ DISCOGRAPHY Imagine being able to find within seconds all of the information that exists about the music on a particular 78, LP,

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Emilio Barkett & The Original Rays

That “Little Inner Voice” Is A Game Changer Emilio Barkett came to the attention of the Valley Jazz Club a few years ago as a

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Concert Review: Joey Alexander

Fourteen-year-old piano phenom Joey Alexander brought a brand-new trio to the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium February 17, drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd. Backed

Annie and the Hedonists

Annie and the Hedonists

On July 8, 2017, Annie and the Hedonists appeared at Arrowhead Park in Inlet, New York. The group is a vocal and instrumental quartet consisting

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The Ukulele Magic Trio

This Ukulele Trio Means Jazz! Ukulele music ordinarily brings visions of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands with a clear blue sky, swaying palm trees in a

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Dan Levinson’s Seven Sons of Rosy

A Grateful, Loving Tribute to Rosy McHargue (Check out the tribute album streamed at the bottom of this story. We have it on good authority that

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Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

For an evening of nostalgia, good music, and light humor, be sure to catch Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester if they happen to pass

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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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