JAZZ RHYTHM 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 hear the music 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.
Welcome to 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.
Interactive articles with music and photos are being published in the audiophile magazine, Dagogo.
Duke Ellington Orchestra Live! (1940-64)Aside from Duke's stupendous efforts on record, the live performances offer an alternate body of work and intimate portrait of genius at work. Features the legendary Fargo 1940 concert and Ellington's Birthday Concerts in Portland, OR in 1953-54. A special emphasis on multi-instrumentalist Ray Nance and other outstanding soloists.
In this award-winning production, the life, music and career of early Jazz piano player James P. Johnson are explored with musical examples and audio clips from the radio series, Jazz Rhythm. Actor Peter Coyote reads from Johnson’s recollections and Mark Borowsky expertly traces his career, sharing insights gleaned from a lifetime studying this overlooked American genius.
best known for his hit recording of “I Can’t Get Started” on which he
sang and played trumpet. He was one of the first to play the
horn equally well from the top to bottom of its range and successfully
fused the extroverted power of Louis
Armstrong with the nuanced tonal palette of Bix Beiderbecke.
A documentary special marks the release of the motion picture Bolden, directed by Daniel Pritzker with music by Wynton Marsalis.
Meet the first jazz trumpet player and leader of a jazz band, Buddy Bolden. His gripping rise to fame and his vivid life and times emerge in a lively swirl of music and voices at the birth of Jazz in New Orleans around 1900.
Though Bolden never recorded, by sampling the music of his contemporaries, proteges and followers we can Imagine Buddy Bolden.
A forgotten genius, Johnson created Harlem Stride piano style, dozens of piano rolls, early Black theatrical musicals, hundreds of popular songs, full-scale symphonic works, propelling African American music into the modern era. His dramatic legacy is re-explored in depth.
Monkey Inn was central to the second wave of the great San Francisco jazz revival, c. 1956-66.
Part One: The Gang at Monkey Inn Musicians,
mostly from the East Bay who played at this Berkeley beer and pizza joint
included trombonist Bob Mielke, Dick Oxtot,
multi-instrumentalist Earl Scheelar and singer Barbara Dane.
Part Two: Bill Erickson's virtuoso Combos Featuring clarinists Frank Goudie and Ellis Horne, and probably Jerry Blumberg, trumpet, Erickson's Combos swung a wide range of jazz classics. Vanguard of a second wave of Frisco revival jazz musicians, these musicians built their own independent style during the 1950-60s.
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.
Earl Scheelar has been a bandleader, distinctive cornet player and master clarinetist since the 1950s.
At or next to the center of revival jazz in the East Bay over four
decades, Scheelar ran jazz bands that fit no preexisting mold. When
circumstances offered no favorable music venue he launched his own dance
hall and band: Earl’s New Orleans House.
Interactive article with 40 photos and 90 music tracks.
Frank Chace, clarinet (1924-2007)
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.
Recently posted: the legendary Ristic LP, and Frank with Jabbo Smith.
Exciting music and photos of late trumpet and piano playerJim Goodwin.
Goodwin made a strong impression on San Francisco Bay Area listeners and fellow musicians. New and exclusive tapes from his Bay Area decade (late-1960-70s) are featured. Photos, out-of-print albums, tributes from musicians and unique audio artifacts sketch an appealing profile for a widely loved and singular jazz talent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pianist Ray Skjelbred was the best Classic Jazz keyboard player to emerge on the West Coast, second only to Burt Bales. His other influences include Earl Hines, Joe Sullivan, Jess Stacy and Art Hodes among others . . . but really all the piano literature of jazz.
Skjelbred was very active in the San Francisco Bay Area from c. 1969 to the early 1990s partnering with the finest local musicians.
His earliest and out-of-print albums, exclusive jam sessions, tributes from fellow musicians and photos are featured.
South Frisco Jazz Band The classic two-cornet, Lu Watters-style South Frisco Jazz Band appeared at festivals and concerts,c. 1979-95.
page presents recordings in cooperation with
former band members, followers and enthusiasts. A growing archive offers exceptional performances selected from concert tapes or
unpublished and out-of-print sources.
A refurbished Buck Clayton page features radio programs about this multi-talented Swing era trumpeter, composer, arranger and jazz cat.
Newly posted archival photographs.
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.
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.
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.
The page of pianistBurt Bales has exclusive audio and photos from the collection of Bob Mielke.
Erickson'sOne 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.