Frank Wess wasn’t born in Washington, D.C. but he spent some very important time in the district, on and off from 1935 to 1953, ending when he joined the Count Basie band. The interviews and oral histories that contain his vivid recollections of the Washington jazz scene are invaluable primary sources.Continue Reading
Some information on concerts presented by the Left Bank Jazz Society of Baltimore, Maryland between 1964 and 1989. This is very much a rough draft. It is based on research in historical newspapers and magazines, the book Music at the Crossroads: Lives & Legacies of Baltimore Jazz edited by Mark Osteen and Frank J.Continue Reading
Hard to believe, but it has been well over a quarter of a century since I started presenting jazz research on the Internet. As the years passed, two different sites have evolved and spun off from my original personal website (established in 1996).Continue Reading
Dick Smith of the Potomac River Jazz Club has digitized (PDF) the first decade or so of the club newsletter. These provide a good deal of information on the Washington, DC traditional jazz scene.
The PRJC still exists, but later issues of Tailgate Ramblings are not yet available online.Continue Reading