June 2021
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Clarence Williams Washboard Four

Jazz Royalty Remembered: Prince Robinson

Jazz history is not necessarily written by its winners, yet they still manage to dominate the narrative. There are certainly landmark musicians whose influence merits

Brick Fleagle, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

Brick Fleagle: What’s in a Name

My wife Laura I lived in New York City for nearly fourteen exciting years, from early 1983 until the summer of 1996. It seemed that

 Jazz Jottings June 2021

 Jazz Jottings June 2021

Sad news that Arthur’s Tavern, the historic blues and jazz club in New York City’s West Village for over 70 years, has officially closed. The

Keenan McKenzie

Reedman Keenan McKenzie Keeps Riffing!

Keenan McKenzie has his own bands: the Riffers are a popular dance-oriented swing combo with a three-horn front line, while the Keenan McKenzie Orchestra is

Gunhild Carling: Living the Jazz Life

Gunhild Carling: Living the Jazz Life

For some musicians, jazz is the music they play but for multi-talented Gunhild Carling, jazz is her life. She grew up surrounded by it and

Jonathan Stout

Johnathan Stout’s Jazz is Crafted for Dancing

What is authentic swing music? It depends who you ask. Plenty of modern outfits advertise themselves as “authentic” swing musicians—many of them function bands, sporting

Texas Shout #13 Playing the Standards

Texas Shout #13 Playing the Standards

Set forth below is the thirteenth “Texas Shout” column. It first appeared in the Holiday Edition 1990 issue of  the West Coast Rag, (Now Syncopated Times.)

Marla Dixon Fist

Texas Shout #53 Routines and Roadmaps

Set forth below is the fifty-third “Texas Shout” column. The initial installment of a two-part essay, it first appeared in the August 1994 issue of

Domingo Mancuello

A Visit with Domingo Mancuello

Although pianist Domingo Mancuello (pronounced Man-KWAY-o) lives only three miles from me (but not for long—see below), I did not meet him here in Lancaster.

A cold live show with Champian Fulton

A cold live show with Champian Fulton

Like many of you since the onset of COVID, I’ve been itching to be able to attend live music events and festivals. There just haven’t

Jimmy Rushing (1946)

Jimmy Rushing: Profiles in Jazz

During the swing era, there were two types of male singers that were employed by many big bands, and then there was Jimmy Rushing. While

Cliff Edwards: Profiles in Jazz

Cliff Edwards: Profiles in Jazz

He was a very popular singer and entertainer who, as “Ukulele Ike,” had major accomplishments in the 1920s, he appeared in many films in the

At the Nickel-A-Dance

Nickel-A-Dance Returns!

Sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the following press release was a welcome announcement: “NICKEL-A-DANCE is a free series of Sunday afternoon

Keep on Truckin' in the Quarter

Keep on Truckin’ in the Quarter

Although easing up a bit, the current situation has put a stop to most live music in New Orleans but it has created some alternatives

More Bits and Pieces

More Bits and Pieces

The Orpheum Theater in New Orleans is celebrating its 100th birthday and re-introducing the new Double Dealer speakeasy under the theater. Resembling the backstage setting

With CalBal Live, We Need Not Stop Dancing

With CalBal Live, We Need Not Stop Dancing

As much as I’ve missed dancing during the pandemic—more than I can express, really—it’s not something I’ve sought out online. People have put a ton

Charlie Carson Records in the Far East

Charlie Carson Records in the Far East

Last month’s piece in this column was on Charlie Carson and his partner in crime Russell Hunting. This month will be a continuation of Carson’s

Carson and birdies c.1910

The Charming and Cunning Charlie Carson

In 1896, two phonograph engineers were arrested for the first crime not patent related within the recording business. The more famous of the two, Russell

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

You Can't Kill Death

You Can’t Kill Death

I don’t know who first said it but it’s as true a statement as one can utter: Death is the great equalizer. On Monday, April

Randi Cee

Clichés in the COVID Cabaret

I am a bacon-wrapped cliché, an idiom in puffed pastry. And sometimes I am the wrong that proves the right. I have been absent from

Stan McDonald

Farewell to Stan McDonald (1935-2021)

Stanley ‘Stan’ Montrose McDonald, Jr. (1935-2021) loved the music of Sidney Bechet, his wife Ellen, their historic semi-rural Massachusetts home and a hard-driving rhythm section

Bobby Bruce: Twentieth Century Fiddler

Bobby Bruce: Twentieth Century Fiddler

Fiddler Bobby Bruce lived one of the longest and most diverse professional music careers I’ve encountered, performing and arranging for seven decades in Vaudeville, Jazz,

There Goes Another Gig

There Goes Another Gig

I was talking with a colleague recently who told me that someone had uploaded all the Nirvana songs to an A.I. algorithm, then the A.I.

Whoever's Left Jazz Band

A Quarantine Year in Review

Well folks, it’s been one full year since our lives all fundamentally changed. If you’d have asked me a year ago where we’d be by

Hoarder Record Collection

For the Record

The way we listen to music has changed a lot in the last decade. And I, probably like many of you, have been absorbing music

Bob Darch: Saving Sedalia’s Ragtime Heritage

Stepping Out Of The Shade

As I watch civilization slowly emerge from our pandemic hibernation, I realize we still live in a dangerous world. I find myself in a tentative

Maple Leaf Rag Contract

Scott Joplin Autographs

For many admirers, a personally signed autograph is a treasured keepsake. For over fifty years I avidly accumulated these bits of personalized ephemera. It all

200 Memorable Missouri Musical Memories

Celebrating Missouri’s Music

If anything can dispel the gloom of a negative historical anniversary, it is music. That seems to have been what motivated Dr. Michael J. Budds

Sonny Helmer

Trombonist Sonny Helmer has died

Trombonist Sonny Helmer died on May 25th, he was 90 years old. Helmer was a veteran of the Korean War, a member of the 392nd


Cellist Leo Crandall has died at 67

Bandleader, songwriter and cellist Leo Crandall died suddenly on May 29, in Syracuse, N.Y. He was 67 years old. Born in Detroit, he moved to

Al Hartland

Jazz Drummer Al Hartland, 1950-2021

Jazz drummer Al Hartland died May 23 of heart disease, in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 71. Born Alexander S. Micucci in Philadelphia, Pa., Al grew

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