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The Wolverine Jazz Band: Tell Me

The Wolverine Jazz band has been providing hot traditional jazz all over the North East and at festivals nationwide for almost 25 years. They’ve maintained

Chicago Cellar Boys Happy Feet 78 rpm

The Chicago Cellar Boys Release 78 rpm Record

The Chicago Cellar Boys simmer in that same stew of early recordings, having listened beyond what makes it onto compilation discs, and it makes the jazz they play all the hotter.

Ellynne Rey The Birdsong Project

Ellynne Rey: The Birdsongs Project

It all began late last spring after singer Ellynne Rey experienced a spate of unusual “life” bird sightings as well as striking rarities such as

Ricky Alexander Photo by Melissa Daum

Ricky Alexander Strike Up The Band

Ricky Alexander is the quintessential New York jazzman of the twenty-teens. After being exposed to civic and legacy bands while growing up in the DC

Elliot Adams and Michael Chisholm at the 2017 Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival

Michael Chisholm’s Labors of Love

Making new friends and learning more about older acquaintances is one of the many rewards of being part of the on-line ragtime community. I am

Daryl Sherman Lost in a Crowded Place

Daryl Sherman: Lost in a Crowded Place

A veteran of the New York City Jazz scene known for taking deep dives into the American Songbook Daryl Sherman delivers on her latest album,

David Broad

David Broad’s Swinging Country Blues

Britain has a few reasons to be blue. Our economy is shrinking. Our politics is an international joke. And the weather this summer has been

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Texas Shout #46 British Trad

The Dixieland revival that began in the U.S. in the early forties spread to England fairly rapidly despite the obstacles of wartime.

Features

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July 4, 1900: Louis’ Noble Lie?

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance offers us one of American film’s great moments. U.S. Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) has gained his position of

News

Stompin’ at the Virtual Savoy

Stompin’ at the Virtual Savoy

Famed Harlem Ballroom to Throw Open its (Digital) Doors Once More In May of 1937, around 4,000 swing fans crowded a ballroom to see two

Fud Livingston

In Walked Fud

“[Fud Livingston’s] final decade was a difficult one, and a pernicious addiction to alcohol ultimately took him out ahead of schedule. Until shortly before his

Artist Profiles

David Broad

David Broad’s Swinging Country Blues

Britain has a few reasons to be blue. Our economy is shrinking. Our politics is an international joke. And the weather this summer has been

Trebor Jay Tichenor A Genuine Ragtimer

Trebor Jay Tichenor A Genuine Ragtimer

To have known Trebor Jay Tichenor is to have known a ragtime legend. In fact, this St. Louisan might have been a ragtime original had

Andy Schumm

Andy Schumm: Chicago’s Hot Jazz Maestro

Chicago’s reputation in the Jazz world is indisputable. Often considered the nursery of jazz, many of the greats came here, called it home and nursed

Jazz Travels

Hal Smith’s On the Levee Jazz Band performs on Bourbon Street at the 2019 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. From left, Clint Baker, Joshua Gouzy, Ben Polcer, Hal Smith, Joe Goldberg, Alex Belhaj, and Kris Tokarski. Photo by Megan Gouzy; courtesy Hal Smith

From the 2019 French Quarter Festival

In my December 2017 column, I reported on my short visit to New Orleans, concluding that “I shouldn’t wait another 23 years to return.” I

Album Reviews

Books

Profiles in Jazz

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Clarence Williams: Profiles in Jazz

Jazz history books often leave his name out, but Clarence Williams was a major force in the 1920s and ’30s and had quite a career;

Frank Sinatra and Harry James

Harry James: Profiles in Jazz

Next to Louis Armstrong, Harry James was not only the most famous trumpeter of the 1940s but remains a household name decades after his death.

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Bessie Smith: Profiles in Jazz

Accurately billed as “The Empress of the Blues” during her prime years, Bessie Smith was not only the top female jazz and blues singer to

Randi Cee

My Right Foot - Part Two

My Right Foot – Part Two

Last night was my first gig back after foot surgery—and it was, thankfully, a fairly easy one. I delegated the herding duties to another musician

My Right Foot - Part One

My Right Foot – Part One

“I don’t like how swollen that leg is. I need you to go right now and get a sonogram to rule out a blood clot.”

The Professor is IN

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The Art of the Vibe

With the relatively recent advent of formal education in jazz, coupled with the endless resources provided by the internet, I am excited and heartened by

Blowing Off The Dust

Elliot Adams and Michael Chisholm at the 2017 Santa Cruz Ragtime Festival

Michael Chisholm’s Labors of Love

Making new friends and learning more about older acquaintances is one of the many rewards of being part of the on-line ragtime community. I am

The Final Chorus

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