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is an exploration of the lore, culture and personalities of early jazz, presenting

Jumping Swing, Classic Blues
and Hot Jazz:
Old and New

On these pages you’ll find a celebration of Jazz and meet the colorful characters who shaped and defined America’s most original art form,1900-1950:
       •    turn-of-the-century New Orleans
       •    Classic Jazz of the Twenties
       •    Thirties Swing
       •    the best of the Big Bands
       •    Traditional and Revival jazz.

This site is the product of 3 & ½ decades of broadcasts advancing our understanding and appreciation of early jazz, blues and swing.  The West Coast Jazz revival of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s is presented and fortified by original historic research, recollections, rare photos and exclusive performances, much of it recorded after 1950 in the earlier styles. 

You’ll find thousands of unique historic and archival performances, broadcasts, jam sessions, interactive articles and interview clips offered free of charge or advertising. 

Below are the newest or most recently updated JAZZ RHYTHM pages for your enjoyment.

Dave Radlauer

                                  New and updated pages and content:

Bessie Smith
and Ma Rainey
Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues” and her protégé Bessie Smith, “Empress of the Blues” shaped and introduced the Classic Blues before 1920.

Their powerful voices and forceful personalities set the standard for recorded blues.  They captivated a new urban audience with wind-up Victrolas and a hunger for novelty.

Introducing Clarence Williams
Clarence Williams was an early Classic Jazz pioneers,a talented and driven bandleader, pianist and accompanist, singer and composer who wrote many jazz and blues classics.

Updated with new music, photos and text.

During the 1920-30s he worked for Okeh Records and others directing production of maybe a thousand jazz and blues records by Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, King Oliver, Fats Waller, and he composed for early black musical theater.

Meet Williams talented wife, singer and show business pioneer, Eva Taylor.

Updated 12.2015

The Lark's Club tapes

New in-depth article!

Part One:
The Bearcats at the Lark's Club: Sound and Images

Part Two:
The Bearcats at the Lark's Club: Sound and Images

Fresh audio and visual resources provide an ongoing survey of Bob Mielke's Bearcats.  New tapes and photos illuminate the Bearcats' first and best regular gig in Berkeley.

New Photos 3.2016

P.T. Stanton
Exciting new audiotapes, stories, recollections and images of this unique and peculiar jazz horn player continue to emerge.  This page is fortified with new photos and an interactive article: The Odd Brilliance of P.T. Stanton.

Now in two parts:
P.T. Stanton 1950s-60s:  Early years, Lark's Club, Frank Goudie, and recollecitons from Barbara Dane, Bill Bardin, Richard Hadlock and Dave Greer.

P.T. Stanton 1970s:  Featuring P.T. Stanton Night, Stone Age Jazz Band and recollections by Bob Mielke, Pete Allen, Barbara Dane, Robin Hodes.

Billie Holiday was a great singer, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time.  She had a pure jazz style and improvised brilliantly with other musicians.  A distinctive and lasting voice in popular music her music stands unsurpassed at the apex of jazz singing.  Her story is investigated in depth through music, interview quotes and clips, photos and text.

Upgraded and updated, Dec. 2015:

Humphrey Lyttelton
The trumpet and clarinet player, composer and bandleader, author, illustrator and broadcaster who made New Orleans jazz popular in Great Britain.

Includes consideration his partnerships with Buck Clayton and Wally Fawkes.


Dick Oxtot’s Golden Age Jazz Band presented “Vintage Music with Style” for decades, beginning in the early 19702s.

For several decades Golden Age was Dick Oxtot’s platform for a rotating roster of the Bay Area’s best revival jazz talent and showcase for several female singers of jazz, blues and scat.

Explore this growing archive of exclusive audio and photos drawn from Oxtot’s personal collection.

Great Pacific Jazz Band was a nine-piece Frisco-style Trad Jazz band with second cornet and two banjos, modeled on Lu Watters Yerba Buena Jazz band.
Newly available photos and audio celebrate the band's brief existence 1958-61.

Added 12.2015
Phil Howe's Classic Jazz Band
This related band was a failed attempt to sustain the Great Pacific Jazz Band.

New 9.2015

A refurbished Buck Clayton
page features
radio programs about this
multi-talented Swing era trumpeter, composer, arranger and jazz cat.

Newly posted archival photographs. 


New 7.2015

Frank Chace, clarinet 

Frank Chace was admired for his wild, expressive Chicago clarinet style in a lineage from Pee Wee Russell and Frank Teschemacher, with secondary influences of Johnny Dodds and Omer Simeon.

Still under construction, this page is a growing Frank Chace audio archive and photo gallery offering a large number of previously unpublished Chace performances of exceptional quality.
Includes very rare recordings of guitarist Marty Grosz, pianist Don Ewell and others.

Newly posted: the legendary Ristic LP, and Frank with Jabbo Smith.

New 11.2015

Bunky Colman's clarinet style was a personal mix of New Orleans, Swing and Chicago clarinet influences that was variable depending on circumstances.

He's featured in exciting live and rare stereo recordings that highlighting the full range of his remarkable talent.

New music added 2.2016

South Frisco Jazz Band

The classic two-cornet South Frisco appeared at festivals and concerts,c. 1979-95. 

This new page offers recordings presented in cooperation with former members, their followers and enthusiasts.  A growing archive presents exceptional performances selected from concert tapes, rare and unpublished or out-of-print sources.

The Honeybucket
This page features performance tapes from one of the most popular revival jazz venues of mid-Fifties Frisco.  Frank Goulette and Original Inferior band made this club a popular venue with Trad jazz and revivalist fans. 

In retrospect musicians fondly recalled a place where management didn’t interfere, the music was loud, and younger musicians could gain some polish.  A wide variety of musicians and ensembles performed there, including the fine bands of Frank Goulette, Earl Scheelar and Dick Oxtot heard here. 

New 6.2015

Newly available photos of Lester Young, NYC, 1950.

The Ordinary
New audio added 2.16!

In the early 1970s, The Ordinary was a rollicking little bar in downtown Oakland where Dick Oxtot hosted an ongoing jam in the early 1970s.  His line ups featured the best of the East Bay revival jazz musicians :

       "The Ordinary was a happy-go-lucky Oakland club which featured a happy-go-lucky clientele, and served New Orleans food."

Special emphasis on singer, Terry Garthwaite.

New 2.2015

Bob Mielke's Bearcats Audio Archive

A new page featuring unissued rarities from the 1950s starting with a restoration of the ill-fated Empirical LP from stunning stereo master tapes.
Meet the star of their early sessions,
clarinet player Bunky Colman.

Big Boy: The Life and Music of Frank Goudie
By Dan Vernhettes with Christine Goudie and Tony Baldwin
76 pages, 100 photographs, index and discography, 30 euros + postage


New 4.2016

New photos and interview link at
Frank Goudie and Goudie's San Francisco.

At last a fitting and gorgeous biography of Frank “Big Boy” Goudie brings this overlooked, wandering jazz multi-instrumentalist into clear focus.  With nearly 100 photos, this handsome full-color, limited edition 76-page volume encompasses the full scope of his monumental life.

Author Dan Vernhettes -- in association with Goudie’s daughter and researcher Tony Baldwin -- fully documents and illustrates one of the most astonishing and colorful lives of jazz.  

A remarkable feat of documentary research, the writing flows well, concisely cross-referencing eyewitness accounts, clippings, articles and swaths of previously unpublished photographs.  For the first time a comprehensive illustrated discography of Goudie’s music has been compiled, including his many unissued San Francisco performance tapes.

This book solidly establishes Frank Goudie’s bona fides as a jazzman of the first order.  It captures the vast sweep of a journey through the heart of jazz second to none in the last century: kudos to the authors.

Available exclusively from JAZZEDIT

Also available in French language edition.

Jazzedit also offers a landmark book about Tommy Ladnier, and two fascinating volumes exploring Jazz Puzzles of early New Orleans.


Burp Hollow tapes

New audio, photos and content have recently been posted.  Explore the life of North Beach Babylon and meet a true Frisco character: owner-operator former mafioso Millio Militti.

"Hosted by a shady operator the best of Frisco Jazz was served up with a dubious cocktail at a crowded little gingham-topped table at the infamous Burp Hollow."

The Infamous Burp Hollow:
North Beach Nightclub and San Francisco Jazz Bar, 1956-66


Dick Oxtot was at the center of San Francisco Bay Area revival jazz for over a half century, from his junior apprenticeship with Yerba Buena Jazz Band to the Swingin’ A’s baseball band, or leading his Golden Age Jazz Band for three decades. 

Thanks to Darylene Oxtot, rare photos, music and clippings from Dick's personal archives offer fresh views of his life in jazz.

New recordings, photos and feature on Oxtot's Country, String Band and Folk music added 9.2015.

New 9.2015

The page of pianist
Burt Bales has
new audio and exclusive new photos from the collection of Bob Mielke.

New 4.2015

Newly available:
"Bay Area Jazz Clubs of the Fifites"
Brett Runkle's self-published, typewritten monograph (Berkeley, 1978) is offered for the first time.  Only a few photocopies of the hand typed  ever existed, including the one on file with the Berkeley City Public Library.  Excerpted in updates to: The Bagatelle, Pier 23, The Lark's Club and YBJB (Hambone Kelly's).

Great thanks for Joe Spencer for transcribing this exceptionally rare document.

Brett Runkle tribute page forthcoming.

Pier 23 stereo broadcast

Newly restored stereo and mono broadcasts from this legendary San Francisco waterfront dive and jam session bar on the Embarcadero.
Pier 23 tapes

New 4.2015

Ted Butterman
More updates to trumpet player Ted Butterman's page feature rare jam session tapes with Frank Chace, Bob Skiver and Wayne Jones from the mid-1960s, and playing some very nice piano.

Newly available recordings of the fine Old McHenry's Novelty Orchestra at Village Tavern in 1980 feature Ted with Miles Zimmerman (clarinet), Harry Graves (trombone), Mike Walbridge (tuba) and Mike Schwimmer (washboard).

New 2.2015

Frisco Jazz Archival Rarities
The best and rarest of the archival jazz recordings heard on this site will soon be available for purchase on CD or via download (Amazon, i-tunes, Pandora, etc) from Grammercy Records in partnership with Dave Radlauer.


The Janis Joplin Jazz tapes.
Joplin was taped in 1963 & 1965 with Dick Oxtot jazz bands in the San Francisco area.
A raw young talent, she had an unmistakable feeling for the blues.
Fresh transfers of archival tapes restore missing jazz horn solos.

The Bagatelle
Newly available historic recordings from this San Francisco jazz joint feature Oxtot's hot little bands of 1958-59 with Ted Butterman (cornet), Bunky Coleman and Frank Goudie (clarinets) and Bill Bardin (trombone) among others. 

Also featured are the 1958 Clem Raymond sessions recorded in part at The Bagatelle.

News item

I'm honored that my 2013 article profiling Frank Goudie in San Francisco has been re-published in French by the Bulletin of the Hot Club of France, 2014.

Founded in 1950 by French jazz critic Hugues Panassie, Bulletin du HCF "La revue du jazz authentic" is one of the longest-lived jazz publications.

Download French.pdf

Erickson's One Man Band recordings are newly posted.  Among the more successful of their kind, they're tight and polished with some delightful Bixian trumpet solos and overdubbed horn-section passages.  This is excellent arranging that is both a tongue-in-cheek send-up, and affectionate tribute to the popular music of an earlier generation.  Formidable musicianship.

Willie the Master.pdf

JAZZ RHYTHM has received the New York Festivals, World's Best Radio Programs & Promotions Finalist Award Winner for Best Writing 2014: Discovering Frank Big Boy Goudie and The Benny Strickler Story.

New and exclusive!

Yerba Buena Jazz Band A reassessment of the West Coast Traditional Jazz rebellion of the Forties is accompanied by fresh transfers of unissued live performance discs.

YBJB - Phil Elwood His legendary broadcasts of 1957/66 celebrating Yerba Buena.

New 8.2015

Learn to Read/Ride

My brother, Dan Radlauer recently authored this warm recollection of my parents,  writers Ruth and Ed in Racer X Illustrated.


Berkeley Jazz House Music preserved from the legendary parties and jam sessions from more than a half century ago.

Writing and Essays My carefully crafted essays and recollections.  Not jazz-related.

Earl Scheelar Outstanding classic jazz cornet and clarinet player; exclusive audio content.

Pier 23 tapes - Exciting new transcription of a live KOFY broadcast from Pier 23 (c. 1959).  Featuring Erickson (trumpet), Frank Goudie (clarinet), Bob Mielke (trombone), and vocals by pianist Burt Bales and banjo player, Dick Oxtot.  Extremely rare!

Interactive article about Erickson.pdf recently published by SF Trad Jazz Foundation

Burp Hollow tapes Exclusive tapes from a famous San Francisco jazz dive.

Bill Napier One of the best jazz revival clarinet players on the West Coast.

Byron Berry rare tapes and photos; new March, 2014

Monkey Inn tapes Newly available tapes continue to emerge from the personal collection of Bob Mielke.

Turk Murphy (New and under construction)

The Radlauer books
(Not Jazz-related: a convenient place for me to offer to enthusiasts of the books about motorsports written by my late parents, Ed and Ruth Radlauer scans of some of their books.)

Bill Dart Remembrance of the drummer for Yerba Buena Jazz Band.

Andre Ekyan French alto sax jazz pioneer, Django associate.

Bunk Johnson Re-discovery of this early New Orleans trumpet player launched the New Orleans revival.

Pier 23 tapes Rare performances of Ray Ronnei, Frank Goudie, Jim Leigh and Bill Erickson.

Vince Cattolica One of San Francisco's best, and best-loved, and most swinging clarinet players.

Washboard Rhythm Kings Skiffle, jazz and hokum sessions from the 1930s.

Expanded, revised or upgraded pages on this site:

Frank Big Boy Goudie Pages updated and overhauled with new items.

Frank Goudie's Paris Reassessing his ubiquity in Paris between the wars.

Goudie's San Francisco Janis Joplin and other jazz recordings added.

Bill Erickson Ongoing additional archival music and photos.

Casa Loma Orchestra Pioneering swing orchestra.

Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra live Live performances 1938-63.

West Coast Traditional Jazz Recently added BBC documentary.

JAZZ RHYTHM / Dave Radlauer
email: Dradjazz@Gmail.com
Phone:  510.848.8323
Berkeley, CA 94705 USA