• Paul Whiteman and New York Times critic Olin Downes write about Whiteman’s February 12, 1924 concert at New York’s Aeolian Hall billed as “An Experiment in Modern Music” 

  • “Playing for Tips” is the winning entry in our 42nd Short Fiction Contest


  • In this edition, Paul features choice selections from Decca Records

  • “Intergalactic Language,” a short story by James E. Guin, was a finalist in our recently concluded 42nd Short Fiction Contest.

  • Revisiting "An Experiment in Modern Music"
  • "Playing for Tips" -- a short story by Kevin Bennett
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 19
  • "Intergalactic Language" - a short story by James Guin
nordine Quiz Show

Monday Jazz Quiz #36

Ken Nordine’s first “Word Jazz” recording featured a band who worked under the alias of the “Fred Katz Group.” Who was its leader?

Bob Brookmeyer

Stan Getz

Zoot Sims

Hank Mobley

Elmo Hope

Lee Morgan

Stan Kenton

Chico Hamilton […] Continue reading »

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A snippet of our upcoming interview with Thomas Brothers, author of Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

A week or so ago I had the privilege of interviewing Thomas Brothers, the eminent Louis Armstrong scholar whose recently published Master of Modernism focuses on Armstrong’s most creative and essential era, beginning with the time he left New Orleans for Chicago in 1922, and ending with his experience in Hollywood in 1932.

What follows is a very brief exchange about new resources Brothers used for this book… […] Continue reading »

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Jazz on Stage

In addition to this being a great time for jazz biography (essential studies recently published on Ellington, Armstrong, Bird, Mingus, and Bud Powell), as Nate Chinen points out in Sunday’s New York Times, it is also a terrific time for its presentation on the stages of New York, with Terry Teachout’s “Satchmo at the Waldorf” now playing at the Westside Theater, and Lanie Robertson’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” at Circle in the Square (revived after a successful Off Broadway run in 1986). […] Continue reading »

hampton Quiz Show

Monday Jazz Quiz #35

While a member of Lionel Hampton’s band, his “Flying Home” solo was considered to be the first R&B sax solo. Who was he?

Johnny Board

Eddie Chamblee

James Moody

Buddy Tate

Illinois Jacquet

Frank Foster

Willie Smith

Dexter Gordon

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bessieeaster Features

Great Encounters #35: The 1925 Bessie Smith/Louis Armstrong recording sessions

“Great Encounters” are book excerpts that chronicle famous encounters among twentieth-century cultural icons.  This edition tells the story of the 1925 recording session of Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong

Excerpted from Bessie, by Chris Albertson


I’ve got the world in a jug;
The stopper’s in my hand.
“Down Hearted Blues”

When Bessie sang those words on her first recording date in 1923, her future looked promising, but by the onset of 1925, there was no longer any doubt — Bessie had “arrived.” She could look back on a year and a half of prominence and prosperity; her billing as “The Greatest and Highest Salaried Race Star in the World” was accurate; dreams of supporting her family had come true; […] Continue reading »