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Johnny Dodds

From the early days of the brass bands in New Orleans, to the hot jazz of the Roaring Twenties in Chicago, a key figure in the musical progression was the fluid toned, amazingly versatile clarinetist, Johnny Dodds. . Born on April 12, 1892, in New Orleans, by his early teens his father bought him his first clarinet. He was self taught but did take lessons from Lorenzo Tio Sr, a well respected musician in the city. He took a more serious interest in the instrument at around age seventeen, playing with local ensembles as the Eagle Band, and the legendary Tuxedo Band, led by “Papa Celestin during the early formative years of jazz. Then for a period of some six years, beginning when he was about 19, he worked under the leadership of the famous trombonist, Kid Ory

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Over the past decade and three previous recordings, Philadelphia-based vocalist Susie Meissner has crafted an intelligently conceived and thoughtfully paced survey of the Great American Songbook. Meissner's considerations of the standard jazz repertoire, in concert with pianist John Shaddy's sturdy arrangements and educated performance manner, have emerged, evolving from chaste and reverent beginnings, into rich and ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

Read "Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chicago Jazz Roots (1922 - 1929)

Read "Chicago Jazz Roots (1922 - 1929)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the last hour we listened to the music of the first great jazz composer, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet, the only soloist in early jazz to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong. In addition to Joe “King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, the Chicago scene bristled with black and white bands, initially ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The informal definition of a Character is an “odd, eccentric, or unusual person." That is a bit disappointing in that “odd, eccentric, and unusual" more often than not may be pejorative. I prefer a “unique, memorable, or exceptional person." That said, it takes all six adjectives to adequately describe clarinetist Mort Weiss, who with this recording ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Clarinet Marmalade

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Clarinet Marmalade

This week on Riverwalk Jazz The Jim Cullum Jazz Band offers an exploration of great pre-WWII voices of jazz clarinet with the help of prominent contemporary exponents of the “old school." Evan Christopher, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski perform with the Band and talk about their mentors and influences. The program is distributed in ...

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Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Eccentric Genius Of Jelly Roll Morton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Vernel Bagneris joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for Wild Man Blues, a musical biography based on stories from the personal diaries of Jelly Roll Morton, compiled by the late William Russell, the first curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans, and published in the book ...

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Clarinet Marmalade This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Clarinet Marmalade This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz The Jim Cullum Jazz Band offers an exploration of great pre-WWII voices of jazz clarinet with the help of prominent contemporary exponents of the “old school." Evan Christopher, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski (pictured at right) perform with the Band and talk about their mentors and influences. The program ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On

Read "Dick Hyman: The Beat Goes On" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, soloist and accompanist Dick Hyman has already lived several jazz lifetimes, and as he contemplates his 86th birthday in March 2013, his career shows no sign of slowing down.A New York City native, Hyman served as pianist with a Dixieland band and with Lester Young at the December 1949 opening ...


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