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Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra: Steppin' Around

Read "Steppin' Around" reviewed by Michael Steinman

In a jam session or reading an arrangement, the gifted reedman Dan Levinson summons up noble ghosts--Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, Frank Trumbauer and Rosy McHargue. But he is his own man with his own ideas. In spirit, he resembles Dick Hyman, creating historically accurate but radically lively music. Although Levinson is called “traditional" by those who ...

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Dan Levinson and His Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra: Crinoline Days

Read "Crinoline Days" reviewed by Elliott Simon

In 1917, as Russians revolted against the Tsar and the US entered into World War I, the first jazz records, recorded right here in NYC, turned so-called legitimate music on its ear. People danced to the “new music and the national craze that would come to be known as the “Jazz Age was born. That same ...

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Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra: Euphonic Sounds

Read "Euphonic Sounds" reviewed by Mitchell Seidel

If you have a desire to really discover some of the main roots of jazz, the Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra is a good place to start. Clarinetist Orange Kellin's ensemble performs the music in authentic ragtime style, giving listeners an idea as to what it must have been like to hear it as it was originally intended. ...

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Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra: Euphonic Sounds

Read "Euphonic Sounds" reviewed by Jim Santella

Clear and crisp, the two-step of ragtime brings the eight-piece Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra into our homes for a session of good old-fashioned delights. Theirs is a happy music. Bouncing politely and strutting with a carefree air, the notes appear to jump up and down in lock step on the page. Society bands and formal gatherings from ...