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Tuesday tunes: Rest in peace, Charlie Watts (1941-2021)

The music world was saddened today by the sudden and unexpected loss of Charlie Watts, who was The Rolling Stones dummer since 1963. He will be sadly missed by generations of music lovers, including me. Rest in peace and love, … Continue reading

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Memphis – “The Cradle of American Music”

  Yes, Nashville may bill itself as “Music City” and Austin claims to be America’s “Live Music Capital,” but if there is one city in the United States that has truly given birth to the greatest variety of music genre … Continue reading

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American music birthplace geography

From Jazz to Blues to Hip Hop and Rock ‘n Roll, there are many styles of music that populate the United States. The following map depicts the geographic location(s) where these varied forms and their sub-genres have germinated across the … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: Numeric band names

Oops – posted a day early. Oh, well. A little music trivia and fun. Included are rock, punk, folk, country, jazz, reggae, pop, metal, hip-hop, soul, R & B, rap, big band, and any other band names one could find … Continue reading

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Temples of Jazz – The Theatres

  This is the second blogpost of our series on the Temples of Jazz. The initial post was dedicated to the ballrooms and dance halls. This one will cover those theatres(ers) where jazz musicians performed during the Jazz Age, while … Continue reading

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Temples of Jazz – The Ballrooms

  This post is the first of a three-part series about those special places that brought the jazz era to life beyond the recording studio and radio station. The ballrooms, theaters, and smokey clubs are where jazz musicians were able … Continue reading

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Geography of the Jazz Age in North America

The Jazz Age represented the musical form’s peak period of popularity between 1920 and 1960. While New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, and New York were and remain the preeminent epicenters of jazz, in many other cities across the country, vibrant … Continue reading

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A cultural gem found right under my nose

I attended my first Pump House Concert this past Sunday evening in East Lansing. This unique and eclectic venue is situated in a 1934 pump house on a triangle island of green amid surrounding historic Bailey residential neighborhood. Each month, performers … Continue reading

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