The Roaring 20s: A Tribute to Keith Nichols, 25th September 2021

Earlier this year the global traditional jazz community suffered a sudden and incalculable loss when the great multi-instrumentalist, arranger and historian Keith Nichols died of Covid-19, at the age of only 75. For decades Keith had been one of the world's foremost practitioners, teachers, evengelists, and guiding gurus of all things pertaining to the older … Continue reading The Roaring 20s: A Tribute to Keith Nichols, 25th September 2021

Instruments #4: The ‘Bock-A-Da-Bock’ or Hand Cymbal, 1927-9

About two decades ago, as a curious teenaged jazz drummer, like many listeners keen to explore the earlier forms of the music I first alighted on Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven records. I started there partly because I already knew some of Louis’s later work, and because I’d read about these early records’ … Continue reading Instruments #4: The ‘Bock-A-Da-Bock’ or Hand Cymbal, 1927-9

Heroes #12: Alfred ‘Tubby’ Hall, 1895-1945

'I got my press roll from [...] Tubby Hall'– Baby Dodds KEY RECORDINGS:[?] With DOC COOK & HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA, 1924With LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCHESTRA, dir. CARROLL DICKERSON, 1927-31 Addressing the early life and work of Alfred ‘Tubby’ Hall, hard on the heels of having finished introducing our previous Hero – Mr. Stan King - is … Continue reading Heroes #12: Alfred ‘Tubby’ Hall, 1895-1945