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American Music History

Jazz and Trains: A Connected History

The American railroad system as a driving force for cultural exchange

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American Music History Transcription

Solo Transcription: Lou Donaldson’s “Minor Bash”

A close look at a Lou Donaldson solo transcription and how it relates to moments in jazz history

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American Music History

Cab Calloway and Minnie the Moocher

My thoughts on Cab Calloway and his appearance in The Blues Brothers

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American Music History

Four – Is There More To It?

Did one of Miles Davis’ most popular tunes borrow ideas from a Tadd Dameron ballad?

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American Music History

Jitterbug Waltz

The history behind Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Watlz” and some of the finest renditions of the tune

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American Music History

Meet the Gellers

The story of jazz “power couple” Lorraine and Herb Geller

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American Music History Uncategorized

Summer Reading List 2019

My great summer reads – Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Angela Davis, and more

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American Music History

Willene Barton: An Overlooked Link in the Big Three Tenor Legacy

It baffles me how this incredible saxophonist hasn’t gotten her dues

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American Music History

I Know That You Know

A deep dive into one of my favorite tunes from the Great American Songbook

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American Music History

Freddy Martin: My New Hometown Hero

Discovering a legendary saxophonist from my hometown