September 2022

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Ain't Cha Got Music?

Wonderful “Copenhagen”, Part 2

The 1930s Jeff Barnhart: Hal, last month we explored the tune “Copenhagen” from the first recording by Bix in 1924 to versions essayed through 1929.

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Phil Napoleon by Joe Busam
Jazz Birthday

Phil Napoleon

Phil Napoleon was born Filippo Napoli in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 2, 1901. Napoleon took up the trumpet early and first played in public when

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My Inspirations

What’s My Number?

We all struggle with the conundrum regarding Art and Life: which imitates which? Sometimes it seems as if we are watching rather than scriptwriting our

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Recording Pioneers

Rare Ragtime on Phonograph Records

Since the introduction of the phonograph, syncopated music was commonly recorded. But often while flipping through collections of classic ragtime sheet music, it seems odd

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Peter Lundberg playing at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, Virginia City NV. (courtesy Peter Lundberg)
Blowing Off The Dust

Take Me to the Promised Gland

It is always a pleasure to receive comments from readers. This past month I was delighted to hear from an old friend in Sweden, Peter

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Portrait of vocalist Quiana Lynell - oil on canvas by Emilie Rhys.
Quarter Notes

Oh, What a Night!

It seems that during the annual hurricane season, New Orleans and the French Quarter delight in providing lots of distractions to benefit both local musicians,

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Sunflower Slow Drag
Ragtime Vignettes 

Sunflower Slow Drag

This work—co-written with Scott Hayden in 1901—has continually been one of Scott Joplin’s most popular pieces. Many fine recordings exist of Sunflower Slow Drag. Richard

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Andy Senior and Russ Tarby
Static From My Attic

What Do I Owe You?

As I write this month’s column, it’s challenging to find words to express the depth of my gratitude. I am deeply thankful to all those

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor September 2022

More About Charlie Barnet  To the Editor: Scott’s article about Charlie Barnet in the July issue of Sync Times reminded me of “Porky” Cohen’s stories

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Pianist Red Camp

The Streets of Laredo

In the middle or late nineteen eighties I got a several weeks long engagement in Laredo, Texas, at the La Posada Inn. It is situated

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