• “The Blues Museum,” by Jay Franzel

  • This edition tells the story of Billy Taylor’s 1937 visit to Jelly Roll Morton’s Washington, D.C. club, where he witnessed Morton’s “arrogant wisdom”

  • She was born into a family of musicians. Her father had played bass in a jazz band and traveled with Dizzy until an accident had cost him his arm and his career. Getting out of a limousine that had stalled on the highway en route to a gig in Chicago, he opened the car door to

  • Paul shares some of his personal jazz record collection, concentrating on the lesser known and sometimes quirky covers

  • Short Fiction Contest Winning Story
  • Great Encounters: When Billy Taylor saw Jelly Roll Morton
  • "Woman Plays Horn" - a short story by Arya Jenkins
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 14
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Coming Soon

After a few weeks of cafés, wine and canals, I have returned from a sensational time in France, and will begin posting again as frequently as my time allows. Please be on the lookout for a new short story from Arya Jenkins, poetry from several new contributors, a new “Cover Stories with Paul Morris,” and the publication of our 40th Short Fiction Contest winning story.

Meanwhile, the CD listening group I am a part of devoted some time to the music of Red Norvo, which led me to the discovery of a few cool videos – not the least of which is this great clip from […] Continue reading »

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The bandstand is quiet for now

The Jerry Jazz Musician “bandstand” will be vacant while I am on vacation through the middle of October.

Meanwhile…Enjoy this performance from this year’s International Jazz Day, held in Paris on April 30. […] Continue reading »

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Jazz History Quiz #76

Long admired by the likes of Tom Waits, John Mayall, and the Rolling Stones, and having had his songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt (“Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy”), Leon Russell (“I’m Smashed”), and The Who (“Young Man Blues”), this pianist/vocalist has long suffered from a “category” problem, once even saying; “There’s a lot of places I don’t work because they’re confused about what I do.” Who is he?

Bob Dorough
Mose Allison
Paul Bley
Bob Dorough
Dave Frishberg
Ben Sidran
Dave McKenna
Monty Alexander

Go to the next page for the answer!

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Great Encounters #43: When Billy Taylor saw Jelly Roll Morton play

Back in 1937, Jelly Roll Morton was part owner of a sleazy night club upstairs from a U Street hamburger stand in Washington, D.C. At the time, I was finishing high school and playing gigs around the city as often as they came my way. I was a good, proud, seventeen years old then, and quite naturally very little remained which I did not know about life and music. I used to hang around with […] Continue reading »