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Don Suhor: From Dixieland to Bopsieland

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This article first appeared in the 2016 issue of The Jazz Archivist.

My brother, Don Suhor, played clarinet and alto sax in a stunning variety of jazz contexts for over fifty-five years--almost exclusively in jny: New Orleans. I always felt frustrated by my brother's lack of concern with legacy. He made a few recordings ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective
Thomas W. Jacobsen
208 Pages
ISBN: 0807156981
LSU Press
2014

This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue).

Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

New Orleans drumming innovator Reed Vaughan, 75, dies

Drummer Reed Vaughan, 75, died in New Orleans on December 29, 2011. Vaughan attended Holy Cross High School and played during his early teens in a Dixieland group with trumpeter Murphy Campo and clarinetist Pee Wee Spitilera. At age 16 he studied with drummer Lou Dillon, the versatile leader of the pit band at the Sho-Bar on Bourbon Street, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Gilbert Erskine, New Orleans Jazz Club Founder, Dies At 81

By Charles Suhor The last surviving founder of the New Orleans Jazz Club, Gilbert Erskine, died at age 81 in Malone, New York on December 5th last year, but his passing was unknown in New Orleans for almost nine months. Erskine's sole continuing contact from his New Orleans years, writer Charles Suhor, grew concerned after several months passed ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Strippers and Be-Boppers in Postwar New Orleans Jazz

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The article below was adapted by the author, a native Orleanian, from Jazz in New Orleans: the Postwar Years Through 1970 (Scarecrow Press/Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, 2001).

New Orleans was a hotbed of jazz activity in many styles during the years after World War II, but it has been largely unrecognized by critics ...