May 2022
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Conrad Janis

Conrad Janis on the Bandstand

I first heard Conrad Janis back in the 1960s at some of the monthly concerts staged by the Connecticut Dixieland Society. The club’s concerts featured

Frederick Hodges: Sophisticated Syncopation

Frederick Hodges: Sophisticated Syncopation

If syncopation has a name performer today, it is likely Frederick Hodges. The California pianist has gained a stellar reputation for his skills playing solo

Texas Shout #29 Picking Tunes You Can Swing

Texas Shout #29 Picking Tunes You Can Swing

Set forth below is the twenty-ninth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the June 1992 issue of  the West Coast Rag, (now Syncopated Times.) As I

Phil Napoleon 1943

Phil Napoleon: Profiles in Jazz

Arguably the top jazz trumpeter or cornetist on records prior to 1923, Phil Napoleon has somehow managed to miss being prominently included in most jazz

Dan Barrett & Babette Ory

From the 2022 San Diego Jazz Party

The San Diego Jazz Party celebrated its 33rd year with a dynamic return featuring many of the “World’s Leading Jazz Musicians”! Held at the beautiful

A Quarter For Your Thoughts…

A Quarter For Your Thoughts…

Delaying our celebration of the New Year at home, we got back to New Orleans on January 11th to begin the real festivities! We met

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

R.S Baker at the Banta gravesite. (courtesy R.S Baker)

Tin Pan Alley Travels, Part One

This month, I will be doing something a little bit different in this column, as I just took a week long trip to NYC. On

What is the ‘Ragtime Life?’

What is the ‘Ragtime Life?’

What exactly was the ragtime life? At one time the term was used to describe a particular generation of young people. Much like any musical

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

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

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 Real Billie Holiday, Part Two – 1940s

The Real Billie Holiday, Part Two – 1940s

Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan, 1915-1959) emerged as a fully formed artist in the 1940s, her voice was its richest and most expressive.  She imparted unprecedented

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

Australianisms

Australianisms

As I write this, I’m sitting at a cafe at St. Kilda, Melbourne (Australia, that is). Because of, ahem, certain recent pandemia, it’s been almost

The Event Coordinator

The Event Coordinator

As gigging musicians, we are always treading a delicate line. The universe, in its ironic wisdom, has decreed that our musically and artistically satisfying gigs

CC Hubbard

Healing a Racial Divide

This is a pleasant article for me to write, though it resurrects a reminder of unpleasant times. I hope readers will find the healing nature

Don’t Give the Name and Bad Place

Don’t Give the Name and Bad Place

I have been fighting several bold infections since Thanksgiving that have left me feeling lethargic as a petrified sloth. As a result, I have quite

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