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Tradition and values

The email said Jeremy Pelt was between engagements in Europe and China, with just a “sliver of time” of time for a phone interview from his New York City home.For the first few minutes, the answers were terse, non-committal,...

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Changing Direction

John Stetch was already part of the New York City jazz scene when he first played in front of classical pianist and teacher Burton Hatheway in Fairfield, Connecticut back in 1993.Hatheway, who is still teaching at the age of 87,...

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Getting Down to Motown

A nun, another nun, and a mystery illness all contributed to the development of Lucie Desaulniers as a singer.Growing up in the small Manitoba community of St. Jean Baptiste, not far from the U.S. border, Desaulniers attended a...

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The Cancan Under Arrest

Appearing nightly in vaudeville, burlesque, ballets and operas, on tiny rustic stages of the Wild West mining camps and in the frontier theatres of the Pacific Coast, by the 1870s the cancan was in North America to stay.When the...

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Youthful Exuberance

Memphis, Tennessee has been dubbed both the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll”. But it’s no slouch in the jazz department, either.In a four-year span from 1934 to 1938, at...

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Banging on the sofa

Willie Jones III isn’t shy about crediting his late father, a renowned pianist from Los Angeles, with sparking his interest in jazz.”Even before I started school, he would take me to rehearsal with him and I would...

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