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Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet: Sugar Blues

Read "Sugar Blues" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trad jazz isn't trending on Twitter or climbing the charts, but that doesn't mean it's completely irrelevant in today's musical landscape. There's still a segment of people, both on the delivering and listening ends, who enjoy the way multiple horns can snake around one another in a polyphonic dance of joy, supported and driven by guitar ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Crescent City Stomp: A Mardi Gras Celebration

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Crescent City Stomp: A Mardi Gras Celebration

Crescent City Stomp: A Mardi Gras Celebration This week on Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band teams up with New Orleans natives Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris to celebrate the roots of New Orleans Jazz. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the ...

How (Not) To Listen To Early Jazz

Read "How (Not) To Listen To Early Jazz" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

Jazz listeners may admit that early music got things to where they are now, similar to how the Model T made the Lamborghini possible. Most just prefer not to drive anything too old. For most listeners, early jazz remains an esoteric and even a strange experience.

Perhaps it's all that monochromatic footage of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Complete" Louis, Duke, Bessie and Charlie Boxes Coming in October

The ultimate year-round jazz festival of Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with four more Complete Album Collections from the Sony Music archives family of labels, by the greatest names in jazz and blues: LOUIS ARMSTRONG – THE COMPLETE OKeh COLUMBIA & RCA VICTOR RECORDINGS 1925-1933 (OKeh/Columbia/RCA/Legacy) 10 titles, 10 CDs; CHARLIE CHRISTIAN – THE ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: West Coast Classic Jazz In Concert

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: West Coast Classic Jazz In Concert

They called their music “The Truth"—real, righteous Traditional Jazz. By the early 1940s, its champions were the powerful West Coast brassmen Turk Murphy and Lu Watters. Disciples of “The Real Stuff" themselves, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band presents their concert tribute to The West Coast Classic Jazz Revival at the Stanford Jazz Festival in California, this week ...

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The Story Of Clarence Williams This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

The Story Of Clarence Williams This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz looks at both sides of the Clarence Williams legacy. New Orleans’ Topsy Chapman and Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris lend their acting and vocal talents to this week's show as they join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for Gulf Coast Blues: The Clarence Williams Story. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio ...

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Sidney Bechet Tribute This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Sidney Bechet Tribute This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

The largely self-taught New Orleans reedman Sidney Bechet developed one of the most distinctive solo voices in jazz. Unlike Louis Armstrong, Bechet never achieved stardom in the United States. This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Broadway’s Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and reedman Bob Wilber to explore Bechet's musical legacy. The program is distributed in ...

Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol. 1

Read "Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol. 1" reviewed by Skip Heller

Author's note: Michael Ricci has ordained me with the power to come to you once a month and throw a little information your way. A lot of great music falls through the cracks, often enough because the people who make it don't live comfortably in some nice categorical box. If you're someone who prefers music to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Clarence Williams: Washboard Bands: 1926-29, "Gimme Blues"

Read "Washboard Bands: 1926-29, "Gimme Blues"" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

New Orleans native and musical jack-of-all-trades Clarence Williams enjoyed success on multiple levels of the music business, with washboard ensembles just one part of his extensive discography. Even without the timbral variety of a full drum set, the washboard crafts simple but effective rhythms. A chattering backbeat on “Wait 'Till You See My Baby Do The ...

Love Is Just Around The Chorus

Read "Love Is Just Around The Chorus" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

In Lost Chords (Oxford University Press, 1999), Richard M. Sudhalter describes a humorous but powerful image of the working class jazz musician circa 1933:

That most broadcast work was surely, in [Artie Shaw's] words, “boring, mind- numbing garbage" is more than substantiated by a photograph recently unearthed by the Institute of Jazz Studies, ...