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

Heroes #17: Jimmy Bertrand, 1900-1960

“The leading black show drummer in 1920s Chicago” – James Lincoln Collier KEY RECORDINGS:With ERSKINE TATE'S VENDOME ORCHESTRA, 1923-26JIMMY BERTRAND'S WASHBOARD WIZARDS, 1926-28With PICKETT-PARHAM APOLLO SYNCOPATORS, 1926With JUNIE C.COBB (E.C. Cobb & His Corn Eaters / State St. Stompers / Kansas City Stompers etc.) The overwhelming majority of the Heroes we’ve met so far in … Continue reading Heroes #17: Jimmy Bertrand, 1900-1960

Instruments #3: The ‘Snapper’-style Snare Drum, early 1920s

Before I start today’s article, an admission. When I was first planning ‘Drums In The Twenties’, one concern was that I didn’t want it to become solely an outlet for thinly-disguised bragging about vintage drum gear – something by which the internet is already well served. Speaking honestly, I don’t really have that much interest … Continue reading Instruments #3: The ‘Snapper’-style Snare Drum, early 1920s