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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

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

The Chaperone

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

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

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

Adam Swanson- Revival Ragtime

Adam Swanson- Revival Ragtime

Ragtime was largely underground during 1917-72 with short-lived mini-revivals taking place every decade or so until its use in The Sting (1973) resulted in not

The Syncopation Society of Berlin

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,

Nights at the Turntable August 2016

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra: Jazznocracy

Several years ago, singer Alex Mendham realized his long-time dream of organizing and leading a jazz orchestra that performed music from the 1925-35 period, not

A Celtic Django: Quinn Bachand and Brishen

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

Albums Reviewed In Our July Issue

Dr. Michael White- Tricentennial Rag

Veteran New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White has exclusively performed traditional jazz throughout his career. Early on he was a member of Danny Barker’s Fairview

You’re IN the Band by Cynthia Sayer

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

Nights at the Turntable November 2016

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

The Music Makers of Gennett Records

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

Nights at the Turntable December 2016

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.

Stylings of Champian

Stylings of Champian

Champian Fulton: The Stylings of Champian Champian Fulton seems much too young to be on her tenth album, but here it is. A double-CD of

Henry Acker: 14

Henry Acker: 14

Henry Acker: 14 2018 Modern Artist Records Henryacker.com Syncopated Times readers were introduced to guitarist Henry Acker back in March of 2017 by our Jazz Travels

Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows

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

On The Levee Jazz Band

On The Levee Jazz Band

On The Levee Jazz Band Swinging New Orleans Jazz: For Dancing—Or Just ListeningSwinging New Orleans Jazz For Dancing – Or Just Listening! by On The

Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs

Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs

Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs by Twerk Thomsontwerkophonic.bandcamp.com Tyler “Twerk” Thomson is a spectacular young bass player much in demand

Hendrik Meurkens on Two New Albums

Hendrik Meurkens on Two New Albums

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

Ce Biguine! by Charlie Halloran

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

Whiskey Moon Face

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

The 8-Bit Big Band- Press Start!

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

Wit's End Brass Band

Wit’s End Brass Band

Wit’s End Brass Band by Wit’s End Brass Band Everyone knows all the cool kids are in band, but if you needed proof this album

Tom Lord's Online Jazz Discography

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,

Emilio Barkett & The Original Rays

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

Tex Wyndham’s Texas Shout Returns!

Texas Shout was a wildly popular column which ran in our predecessor papers, The West Coast Rag and The American Rag. Tex Wyndham is a

Steel Jazz Trio and Friends- Black Licorice

Steel Jazz Trio and Friends- Black Licorice

Steel Jazz Trio and Friends Black Licorice www.steeljazztrioandfriends.com This is an unusual jazz album—pedal steel guitar is a rarely-used instrument in jazz recording and this

Allan Vaché, It Might As Well Be Swing

Allan Vaché, It Might As Well Be Swing

Allan Vaché It Might As Well Be Swing Arbors Records, ARCD 19461 arborsrecords.com Here’s a CD which should appeal to clarinet and swing enthusiasts. As

Concert Review: Joey Alexander

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

An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis

An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis

An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis —Kalamazoo Troubadour Jass Records Trombonist and record producer Delfeayo Marsalis has produced his first live album. The group here group

CD Review: Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

CD Review: Dave Bennett- Blood Moon

Blood Moon Dave Bennett Mack Avenue Records Clarinetist Dave Bennett performs on his new CD, Blood Moon, with a small combo. He has a mix

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