September 2021

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The Bix Beiderbecke Story

Origins of a Passion for Music

JB: Hal, over the past several columns, we’ve explored obscure musical heroes, dissected seminal early jazz pieces, and celebrated iconic ensembles. Let’s take a break

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Recording Pioneers
R.S. Baker

Frank Banta’s Greatest Hit

A question that phonograph collectors and historians often get asked is, “what was the most popular song to be recorded in the 1890s?” This question

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“Democratized Communication” by Nina Paley (
Blowing Off The Dust
Larry Melton

A Field Guide to Social Media Types

I came to the Internet’s social media late but have benefitted immensely from the discovery. It can be unnervingly controversial, or thought provoking, and informative

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Miss Jubilee Yas Yas Boys
Jazz Travels
Bill Hoffman

From the 50th Bix Jazz Festival

The 50th anniversary Bix Beiderbecke jazz festival in Bix’s hometown of Davenport, Iowa, got underway in its usual fashion on Thursday afternoon, August 5, with

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The Professor Is IN
Adrian Cunningham

The World’s $#!%!est Gig?

The other night, I sat down with my girlfriend for a romantic night in, and we watched Titanic, that classic ’90s James Cameron blockbuster. Its

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Ragtime Vignettes 
Brandon Byrne

A Breeze from Alabama

Some of my favorite memories are of vacationing in Sedalia, Missouri, listening to live music while sipping cool limeade on the courthouse lawn—memories of summertime

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Raymond Scott by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday
Andy Senior

Raymond Scott

Harry Warnow, known to us as Raymond Scott, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 10, 1908. Warnow grew up with parallel interests in

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Steve Pistorius Southern Syncopators at French Quarter Festival
Quarter Notes
Shelly Gallichio

NOLA Festivals Flip Flop

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had been scheduled for the October 8-15 weekends since earlier this year with a “save the date” promotion,

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Static From My Attic
Andy Senior

Jazz from a Dying Planet?

In my capacity as publisher of The Syncopated Times, one of the duties I must fulfill is that of cheerleader for the music. It’s necessary

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News and More


Bert Thompson

Dave Doyle

Off the Beaten Tracks

Larry Melton

Nights at the Turntable

The Final Chorus

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