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History of Tacoma Jazz

To check on the history of jazz in Tacoma, you’d have to go back to the end of the First World War when one of Jazz’s most flamboyant characters, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton opened a tavern-and-brothel in Lakewood’s still-blighted Ponders Corner. It’s only fair to begin with Jelly Roll because

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Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival

Best recipe for a successful family event: Memorial Day weekend, uncrowded section of downtown Tacoma, all ages welcome, and it’s FREE — no cover charges. It’s the 2008 Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival, May 24, and if you’re keeping score, it’s the 5th annual festival directed by the impresario who

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History of Tacoma Jazz

To check on the history of jazz in Tacoma, you’d have to go back to the end of the First World War when one of Jazz’s most flamboyant characters, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton opened a tavern-and-brothel in Lakewood’s still-blighted Ponders Corner. It’s only fair to begin with Jelly Roll because

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Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival

Best recipe for a successful family event: Memorial Day weekend, uncrowded section of downtown Tacoma, all ages welcome, and it’s FREE — no cover charges. It’s the 2008 Tacoma Jazz & Blues Festival, May 24, and if you’re keeping score, it’s the 5th annual festival directed by the impresario who

Gray Sky Blues Fest

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Gray Sky Blues Fest

The formula seemed inevitable to former Tacoma City Councilman Doug Miller. First you plant the daffodils, then you stage a blues festival along the parade route. Translation: immediately following the much-loved Daffodil Parade, April 12, give parade watchers the various hues of blues sounds that will delight the whole family

Gray Sky Blues Fest

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Gray Sky Blues Fest

The formula seemed inevitable to former Tacoma City Councilman Doug Miller. First you plant the daffodils, then you stage a blues festival along the parade route. Translation: immediately following the much-loved Daffodil Parade, April 12, give parade watchers the various hues of blues sounds that will delight the whole family

Requiem for a genre?

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Requiem for a genre?

Polling is not confined to presidential politics. I’ve been taking one of my own lately: “How come fans don’t get off their fannies to support live jazz?” In one of his final Village Voice columns, fellow jazz observer Gary Giddins, referring to the state of live jazz, mourned,

Requiem for a genre?

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Requiem for a genre?

Polling is not confined to presidential politics. I’ve been taking one of my own lately: “How come fans don’t get off their fannies to support live jazz?” In one of his final Village Voice columns, fellow jazz observer Gary Giddins, referring to the state of live jazz, mourned, “Jazz musicians

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1 club, 2 Mikes and 8 feet

There’s an old joke that proprietors of jazz clubs secretly share with each other but only reluctantly enjoy with the public. During an interview with a veteran tenor sax player, the question was asked, “What made you go into jazz?” His reply: “Well, man, I hate big crowds.” Whether that tenorist

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1 club, 2 Mikes and 8 feet

There’s an old joke that proprietors of jazz clubs secretly share with each other but only reluctantly enjoy with the public. During an interview with a veteran tenor sax player, the question was asked, “What made you go into jazz?” His reply: “Well, man, I hate big crowds.” Whether that tenorist

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