July 2022
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Diana Does Billie: Lady Sings the Blues at 50

Diana Does Billie: Lady Sings the Blues at 50

While there’s a special place in cinematic hell reserved for characters portrayed as trumpet players (“The Trumpeter’s Cinematic Curse,” TST, August 2019), the perennial theme

Pianist Ralph Sutton

Pianist Ralph Sutton Helps a Friend in Need

In the music business, it is easy to focus on the negative: problematic gigs, cancellations, difficulty getting paid and of course the ever-present “Musical Politics.”

Clancy Hayes

Clancy Hayes: A Call for Memories

Dear Jazz Fans, I am preparing a biography on Clancy Hayes and would welcome any memories or recollections you may have. Last year I completed

Profiles in Jazz: Charlie Barnet

The New York Classic Seven Make Swiss Time

It may have been the traditional jazz equivalent of a happy accident. The New Orleans jazz band Tuba Skinny couldn’t make its date for Switzerland’s

Texas Shout #26 Economics of Dixieland Part 1

Texas Shout #26 Economics of Dixieland Part 1

Set forth below is the twenty-sixth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the March 1992 issue of  the West Coast Rag, (now Syncopated Times.) The following note

Sweet-Substitutes

Texas Shout #69 Substitutes

Set forth below is the sixty-ninth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the February 1996 issue of TAR. The text has not been updated.

Texas Shout #1 "Dixieland"

Texas Shout #1 “Dixieland”

The following introduction was added when the Shouts were reprinted in the late 90s: Set forth below is the initial “Texas Shout” column, reprinted from

Profiles in Jazz: Charlie Barnet

Profiles in Jazz: Charlie Barnet

When one thinks of the top swing era bandleaders, the names of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, and Harry James

Stuff Smith: Profiles in Jazz

Stuff Smith: Profiles in Jazz

The violin was part of some of the earliest jazz bands in New Orleans but it was not taken seriously as a solo instrument in

Hot Jazz in the Hot (but Dry) Desert

Hot Jazz in the Hot (but Dry) Desert

Starting the summer back in Arizona, the May meeting of the Arizona Classic Jazz Society in Chandler, Arizona, featured Cheryl Thurston’s annual birthday party celebration

How Lucky Can One Gal Be?

How Lucky Can One Gal Be?

The long awaited New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival did take place beginning April 29th through May 8th and delivered all that was promised! We

New York City Trip Wrap-Up

New York City Trip Wrap-Up

Even with all the adventures I had in NYC, as described in the previous three articles, there are still a few things I have not

Long Island Haunts of the Hagers

Long Island Haunts of the Hagers

Perhaps the most memorable part of my New York trip was spending two days with the descendants of Fred and Jimmy Hager. On the second

Jerron Paxton, Shane Fleming, R.S. Baker, Colin Hancock, Charlie Judkins, and Lauren Sansaricq

Tin Pan Alley Travels, Part Two

While in New York City back in march, I had the chance to make a few disc records for Colin Hancock with his period acoustic

What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

In general, artistic “titles” such as actor, dancer, painter, potter can have a set of preconceived notions or stereotypes that go along with them. I

The Woman Behind the Iron Curtain

The Woman Behind the Iron Curtain

I had an enlightening summer in the mid ’90s. I met a lifelong friend, was employed with work I loved, and had a unique experience

The Real Billie Holiday, Part Three – 1950s

The Real Billie Holiday, Part Three – 1950s

Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan, 1915-59) continued a busy schedule of recordings, concerts, radio broadcasts, television appearances and international tours in the 1950s. Publication of her

The Age We Live In

The Age We Live In

After many years touring in the US, playing traditional jazz festivals, cruises and what have you, there’s an unavoidable truth that we’ll have to address

Neighbors

Neighbors

Recently, I moved into a co-op apartment building in Manhattan. If you’re not aware, the concept of a co-op is that each resident owns shares

Show Business Neighbors

Show Business Neighbors

When Joe Bebco forwarded an inquiry about Max Morath from Anne Phillips recently, I anxiously responded. Anne and her husband, bassist Bill Phillips, were neighbors

Sheet Music Orgy

Sheet Music Orgy

Have you ever immersed yourself in a trivial pursuit while important tasks needed your immediate attention? Well, a friend recently added six inches of sheet

Jim Maihack

Remembering Jim Maihack

My dear friend and fellow musician, Jim Maihack, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022. His death was not really a surprise but the shock of

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