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The Little Man Who Wasn’t There

It’s hard to imagine a jazzy Hit Parade favorite having once been a poem…and a super-creepy poem at that.

October 19, 2023
General William Booth Enters Heaven

Can you name an Army with outposts in over 100 countries, yet 0 weapons?

October 16, 2023
Der Graf von Luxemburg

It’s that age old tale of love and marriage…and money.

October 12, 2023
Lester’s Savoy Jump

Considered one of the most influential saxophonists in history, Lester “Prez” Young succeeded Coleman Hawkins at the height of the swing era.

October 11, 2023
Crazy Blues

A milestone recording that came about quite by accident.

October 11, 2023
Wal, I Swan!

Al Bernard, “The Boy from Dixie”.

October 11, 2023
Bei Mir Bistu Shein

Sholom Secunda was a songwriter, not a fisherman. But he could tell you all about the “one that got away.”

October 6, 2023
12th Street Rag

Few today recognize the name Euday Bowman, yet during ragtime’s heyday Bowman’s 12th Street Rag was one of the most well-known tunes around.

October 3, 2023
The Fabulous Bremen Boys

When you think of early aviators, names like Wright, Earhart and Lindbergh probably spring to mind. But unless you’re a confessed aviaphile, names like Cole, Fitzmaurice and  von Hünefeld probably do not. You’re on the Sound Beat. When the three made an emergency landing in Greeley Island, Canada in 1928, they’d completed the first transatlantic flight, from East ...

October 2, 2023
Murder on the High C’s

Do not adjust your radio. It’s actually supposed to sound like this.

October 2, 2023