The Jazz Rag 163

Winter 2020

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Continuing our series of profiles of great jazzmen from a golden age of jazz, one of the finest of today’s saxmen, Alan Barnes, writes about the unique qualities of the much-missed Dick Morrissey.

Deprived by coronavirus of the chance to hear virtuoso French boogie pianist Ben Toury at the Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival, Ron Simpson investigates his story and the development of his original style.

We look back on the unusual career of the late Dr. Frank Minyard, jazz trumpeter and (for 40 years) New Orleans coroner.

Ron Simpson interviews celebrated percussionist, Marilyn Mazur, about her latest album on Stunt Records.

One of the finest ever alto saxophonists in British jazz, Peter King, died recently. Roger Cotterrill pays tribute.

California-based jazz guru, Scott Yanow, examines the recording career of Louis Armstrong and chooses his top 50 tracks.

Articles on Jazz in Time of Plague will include piquant observations on staging a jazz festival (in Birmingham) in a world of constantly changing rules and restrictions.

Highly regarded jazz promoter, John Billett, makes his choices in I Get a Kick Out Of… Jazz Rag pays tribute to the outstanding trombonist Roy Williams, deservedly awarded the MBE in the recent Honours List.

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