January 2022
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Bertha Gonsoulin: Sidewoman and Sidenote

Bertha Gonsoulin: Sidewoman and Sidenote

The trumpeter Bunk Johnson has received plenty of press, including several features and a full profile—written last year by Scott Yanow—in this magazine. This coverage

The Unsettled Life and Career of Robert B. Joplin

The Unsettled Life and Career of Robert B. Joplin

Scott Joplin had two brothers who were musicians—Robert B. and Will. Scott’s one-time student and then colleague Arthur Marshall wrote the following about Robert and

Big Band Alumni Swing Again

Big Band Alumni Swing Again

(LOS ANGELES, CA) For over 15 years every Tuesday morning, a crowd has gathered in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley to listen and dance to a

Bessie Smith

Texas Shout #38 Jazz Singers

Set forth below is the thirty-eighth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the April 1993 issue of the  West Coast Rag now The Syncopated

Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)

Hoagy Carmichael: Profiles in Jazz

When one thinks of Hoagy Carmichael, it is often of the character that he portrayed in movies: a wisecracking pianist who offered homespun advice to

The Harlem Renaissance

Eubie Blake: Profiles in Jazz

Everyone cherished Eubie Blake, particularly in his later years. A lovable character who had survived a long lean period, in the 1970s he was the

Isham Jones: Profiles in Jazz

Isham Jones: Profiles in Jazz

Isham Jones, whenever he is mentioned today, is cited as being a talented songwriter who added several standards to the Great American Songbook. However he

Back Home Again in Arizona…

Back Home Again in Arizona…

The Arizona Classic Jazz Society held its 32nd annual festival the first weekend in November at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Phoenix-Chandler Golf Resort (the San

Seems Like Old Times…

Seems Like Old Times…

Lovely weather and lots of music greeted us in New Orleans for what is often considered the “wedding” month. Many postponed nuptials and their attendants

From the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival

No Fests—but Lots of Music!

Although the French Quarter Festival and The Jazz & Heritage Festival were cancelled for October and postponed to its usual April-May period for next year,

Felder #2

Live Jazz Returns to Tel Aviv

Considering that Israel is a country about the size of New Jersey with a population of about nine million, I would guess that per capita,

Charles Prince

‘Scandalous Charlie’ Prince

Charles Prince could seem like a rather boring character on the surface; he led his own band and orchestra for the same label for 20

The Remarkable Mr. Porter

The Remarkable Mr. Porter

Any seasoned record collector is likely aware of the baritone Steve Porter. He was a main fixture of the famous American Quartet, and a common

More Notes on Jimmy Hager

More Notes on Jimmy Hager

Last year, in this column was an article on drummer Jimmy Hager, bandmaster Fred Hager’s brother, but since that publication, more has been discovered about

Jew-ish

Jew-ish

I haven’t been to High Holiday services in a very long time. My last memory was crashing Yom Kippur services at my local synagogue where

Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, and Mindi Abair at the Bowl. (Randi Cee photo)

The Tears of a Clown

My desire to lead my band and sing the old tunes hasn’t cooled, but my hustle has. My reality with an at-risk mother has devolved

Second Hand Rows

Second Hand Rows

4 years BC (Before Covid) my life hit a scary financial pothole. I had a small, yet vital secondary income and theoretically it would have

Humphrey Lyttelton: British Jazz Polymath

Humphrey Lyttelton: British Jazz Polymath

POLYMATH: a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning. Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Humphrey Lyttelton was an author, broadcaster, illustrator, composer and journalist. A popular radio

New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Sunnyvale, CA 1984

New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Sunnyvale, CA 1984

“This session is not simply a historical record. It’s the culmination of 14 years of gigs, tours, festivals, recording sessions and lots of rehearsal: spontaneous,

Buck Clayton’s Jazz World, Part Two

Buck Clayton’s Jazz World, Part Two

Also See: Buck Clayton’s Jazz World, Part One Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton published a colorful and sincere autobiographical memoir thirty-five years ago. His literary voice is

Where Are the Ugly People?

Where Are the Ugly People?

After trawling through YouTube the other day to listen to the latest offerings in the world of popular music, many thoughts come to mind. We

The Busking Experiment

The Busking Experiment

Recently I read about a social experiment performed a decade ago involving world-renowned classical violinist Joshua Bell. (I know, I’m a little late to the

Music Education

Music Education

The curious thing I’ve noticed about studying jazz at university, is that it sells all the glamour of becoming a jazz star, but largely ignores

Treemonisha’s Premiere, 50 Years On

Treemonisha’s Premiere, 50 Years On

I surprised myself when I placed the phone back on its port and just sat to let the inspiring emotion of the previous conversation mellow.

Neighbors Unaware…

Neighbors Unaware…

I recently made a connection that has been in front of me for 40 plus years and which has nearly bowled me over. I spent

Song Introductions

Song Introductions

I was writing an autumn poem for our local nature reserve newsletter this morning describing family trips I remember as a kid. I grew up

Dave Frishberg

Dave Frishberg (1933-2021)

Pianist and composer David Frishberg died on November 17th, he was 88.  He was known for witty and often humorous lyrics of a style that

Salty Dogs tubist Mike Walbridge has died

Salty Dogs tubist Mike Walbridge has died

Tubist, Mike Walbridge, 84, passed away November 20, after a brief illness. Renowned for his magnificent bass playing and extensive recording credits, Mike was also

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