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2010 Annual Appeal If you are on our mailing list you should have received an Appeal letter in the mail by now. Last year more than 150 Society members and non-members alike responded to our First Annual Appeal. As we continue planning our 31st Annual Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, it is most gratifying to know there are so many of you who are helping to “keep the music alive” by your financial contributions as well as your time and talents. You can be assured that our five-day Festival as well as our monthly concerts, education and youth programs such as jazz camps, workshops, scholarships and other educational activities, all contribute to our mission – to preserve and promote this uniquely American art form of Traditional Jazz. Once again this year we ask for your generous financial support to help continue the work of the Society. Last year was financially difficult for everyone, including the Society, and we continue to take extraordinary efforts to economize where possible. With your help we were able to get through 2009 and with your help again this year we’ll be able to do the same. Just like last year, your contribution could help sponsor a band or musician at the Festival, or help promote our education and youth programs, or you may choose to send an unrestricted donation. No matter the amount of your contribution or how it is directed, each response to this appeal will directly contribute in a positive way to the programs and activities of your Society. Appeal contributions are deductible for tax purposes. I sincerely hope that you will consider a contribution. Please make your check payable to AFCDJS. If you prefer, we now have the option to respond to this Appeal on-line using a credit card. Just click at http:// index.html. If you have any questions, contact Paul Daspit at (619)222-9535 or

Fest #31 Badges Now Available Online!!! AFCDJS has joined the 21st century!! Now, when you go to our website, you can use your credit card (Visa or MasterCard) to purchase Festival badges, become a sponsor, join or renew your membership, contribute to the education fund or enroll in jazz camp.

Published by America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society • San Diego, CA •

$5.00 Per Issue

Spring, 2010

Vol. XXVIII No. 2

More Talent Added To Festival #31! • The 31st Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival has added even more talent to an already impressive program: • The Titanic Jazz Band of Burbank, California. The band has a loyal group of fans who admire its interpretations of San Francisco Style traditional jazz. • Chloe Feoranzo, the fabulous clarinetist/saxophonist from Los Angeles. In demand as a side (person) as well as bandleader, Chloe plays all types of jazz. • Dixie Express (San Diego) is a versatile band that plays top-notch Traditional Jazz, Dixieland and Swing. • Dick Williams’ JazzSea Jams (Pleasanton, California). Cornetist Williams’ expertly-organized jam sessions attract musicians from across the U.S. • Mission Bay High School Dixie Band (San Diego). JP Balmat directs an awesome group of young musicians who play excellent Dixieland and swing. The Festival will be held Nov. 24-28, 2010 at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center — 500 Hotel Circle North in San Diego. As always, the lineup includes the best performers in Dixieland, Traditional Jazz, Swing, Boogie Woogie and Ragtime. And this year, AFCDJS is proud to present two outstanding groups that play music that is closely related to Trad: • Tom Rigney and Flambeau, the nationally-renowned Zydeco and Cajun ensemble from Berkeley, California, and • Billy Mata and the Texas Tradition, authentic Western Swing from Lytle, Texas. In May, this band will be inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame! Two more new bands are swingoriented groups: the Bobby Gordon Quartet with vocalist Kristy Reed and Anita Thomas’ Festival Feetwarmers. In addition to these excellent bands, the Festival lineup includes High Sierra Jazz Band, Dave Bennett Quartet, Cornet Chop Suey, Yerba Buena Stompers, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Tim Laughlin, Connie Jones and the New Orleans All-Stars, Carl Sonny Leyland, Uptown Lowdown, High Society

Jazz Band, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra and the Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra. Plans are already underway for special presentations, solo piano sets, small groups and of course Gospel Music on Sunday. You won’t want to miss any of it! Use the coupon on page 5 to order Festival badges, or see the boxed listing on this page for instructions on how to order badges online. See you in November!

Chloe on sax

The AFCDJS Monthly Concert Series All concerts take place on the Third Sunday of the Month except Dec. The Mississippi Room at the Lafayette Hotel & Suites 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA May 16 — Dixie Express

June 20 – South Burgundy Street JB July 18 – High Society JB Aug. 15 – Good Time JB Sept. 19 – Heliotrope Ragtime Orch. Take I-805, exit El Cajon Blvd West. The Lafayette Hotel is 2 blocks West of Texas Street. The Mississippi Room is located downstairs, in the northwest corner of the building. Enter from the El Cajon Blvd. entrance door.

All concerts are from 1-4pm.

Full bar service is available.

Jazz Alive SPRING 2010


The JAZZ RAMBLER is published quarterly for $15 per year ($20 foreign) by America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society. Address all correspondence to P.O. Box 880387, San Diego, CA 92168-0387. America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society is a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 organization. For information about the Society, call (619) 297-5277. Website: Fax number (619) 297-5281. Single copy price $5.00. Editorial contributions welcome. Contents of Jazz Rambler are copyrighted © (2010) by America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society and may not be reprinted without permission. Jazz Publications and Jazz Club Newsletters may reprint articles provided the following credit is included: “Reprinted from the Jazz Rambler, San Diego, California.” The Jazz Rambler and Society functions are funded in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bill Adams, President Paul Daspit, Vice President Alice Contreras, Treasurer Myrna Goodwin, Secretary Jane Brown, Everett Crouse, Curtis McKee, Ruthe Monteith, Lisa Richardson, Carey Jo Thoza. AFCDJS STAFF Alan Adams, Executive Director Hal Smith, Assistant Director RAMBLER STAFF Editor: Jay F. Levine Staff Writers: Hal Smith • Alan Adams Myrna Goodwin

Advertise in the Rambler Advertising in the Jazz Rambler is one of the best ways to reach a large exclusive audience of Trad Jazz fans. With our circulation of approximately 2,000 and an estimated readership of 3,500, you will be reaching thousands of people who are interested in all aspects of Traditional Jazz. The Rambler is published quarterly. Deadlines are the 5th of the month, prior to the date of issue. Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1. Advertising Rates Full page — $230.00 One Half page — 125.00 One Third page — 90.00 One Quarter page — 70.00 One Eighth page — 40.00

For a rate sheet, write AFCDJS, P.O. Box 880387, San Diego, CA 92168-0387 or call (619) 297-5277.

AFCDJS is a member of: • American Federation of Jazz Societies • International Association of Classic Jazz Festivals • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce • San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau


— Here, There, Everywhere

(To be included in updates, submit material for the Jazz Alive Column to attention Myrna or 619-992-3787 by the 5th of the month prior to publication.) DIXIE EXPRESS Wednesday, 6-8pm at Fuddruckers, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.


BENNY JACKSON TRIO Tuesdays, 7-9pm, Metaphor Café, 2nd & Juniper, Escondido.

LAKE SAN MARCOS JAZZ CLUB 1pm-4pm, Old Spaghetti Factory, 111 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos. Schedule: (760)752-9874/(760)591-4231


Mondays, 6-8pm at Fuddruckers, 340 Third Ave., Chula Vista

Concert Schedule or 760753-0456 or 858-459-2559.



McDonald’s at El Cajon Blvd. & 54th St. every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm

UPTOWN RHYTHM MAKERS First Friday of each month, 8-11pm, Claire de Lune, featured artist Bobby Gordon, 2906 University Ave. San Diego

BAYSIDE DIXIE STOMPERS Tuesdays, 6-8pm, Fuddruckers, 8285 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA


Fridays, George Newman, Dixieland and “oldies” piano, 11:30am-1pm. Musicians welcome, 434 Aqua Lane, Ramona, (619) 876-4300 X146

GOLDEN EAGLES Sundays, 1-4 pm, Steamer’s Restaurant, in Fullerton. Call for dates and info at (626) 799-1761


4th Thursdays, 7-9pm, Shakey’s Pizza, 4141 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, CA (760) 940-4243

Wednesdays, Curley’s Café, 1999 E. Willow (at Cherry), Signal Hill, CA. Free. Best to confirm dates and times. Info:



Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, The Orchard, 4040 Hancock, San Diego (858) 581-9293.

1st & 3rd Monday, El Patio Restaurant, 1750 W. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, 7-9pm



St. Paul’s Villa, Thursdays (except 2nd ) - 6:30-8pm, 2340 4th Ave., San Diego Coronado Ferry Landing, 1:303:30pm, May 30, June 19, and July 18.

Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm, Burger Continental Restaurant, Pasadena (626) 792-6634



2nd and 4th Sundays, 1-4pm at Vista Elks Lodge, 1947 E. Vista Way, Vista (760)724-1968.

1st Thursday, 7-8:30pm, (818) 8821877, Lamplighter Family Restaurant, 9110 De Soto Ave., Chatsworth. Reservations suggested.



St. Paul’s Villa Senior Facility, 2340 4th Ave., San Diego. Friday, 2-3:30 pm, (619) 384-7574. Musicians, dancers, listeners invited.



1st and 3rd Thursdays, 8-10:30pm, at The Press, 129 Harvard Ave., Claremont Info: (909) 625-4808 Mondays, 7-10 pm, at Le Carousse Roughe, White Lane, Bakersfield Info: (909) 625-4808

Every other Friday, 5-7pm at Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego, $10 cover charge including one drink ticket, $8 for JAG & Dance Groups. Next performances: May 14, May 28

Mondays, 6-9pm Curley’s Signal Hill (562) 424-0018 or (310) 412-5985



1st Sundays (951-245-9504), Women’s Club in Lake Elsinore, 710 W. Graham Ave., Lake Elsinore, CA 1:30-5pm (Featured band at 3) May 2–Royale Garden JB, June 6–Nanette & Her Hotsy Totsy Boys, July 11 – Hotel Wolverine (2nd week in July due to July 4th holiday)

Tuesdays, 6-9pm, Leisure World Dixieland Workshop, 13550 Seal Beach Blvd., Club House 3, rm. 8, (562) 594-5722



NEW ORLEANS JAZZ CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 3rd Sunday, 1pm. Westminster Lanes, 6471 Westminster Ave., Westminster

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Upcoming 2010 AFCDJS Concerts

May 16: Dixie Express (Traditional Jazz) Dave Austin, drums/co-leader; John Contreras, reeds/co-leader; Ray Coutu, cornet; Alan Adams, trombone; Ken Dillard, piano; Jim Goodwin, banjo/guitar; Tim Smith, bass.

June 20: South Burgundy Street Jazz Band (Traditional Jazz) Mike Olson, clarinet/leader; Corey Gemme, cornet; Robert Butler, trombone; Pat Aranda, piano; Howard Wheaton, banjo; CJ Sams, tuba; Jon Lundberg, drums.

July 18: High Society Jazz Band (Jazz and Swing) Larry Okmin, clarinet/leader; Rick Evans, trumpet; Billy Hawkins, trombone; Jay Berman, piano; Joe Meza, bass; John Hall, drums.

On May 28 the Paragon Jazz Band will participate in an all-day American Heritage Festival at Roosevelt Middle School in Vista. The band members will give information about their instruments and will play songs from genres of blues, work songs, gospels, parade music and various Dixieland Jazz selections. Pictured here are Howie Nielson, Bob Bowman, Anna Rowe, Frank Massa, Diane Mensch and Everett Crouse.




Jazz Alive . . . continued from page 2 SOUTH BAY N. ORLEANS JAZZ CLUB 2nd Sunday, 12:30-5pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, 214 Avenue I, Redondo Beach. (310) 374-3174

SO CAL HOT JAZZ SOCIETY 1st Sunday. American Legion Post 335, Southgate. (323) 566-9128. 1pm

Monthly Jazz Concerts

Sponsored by America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society

(Every Third Sunday of the month except Nov. and Dec.)

May 16 — Dixie Express June 20 — South Burgundy Street JB All Programs: 1-4pm Admission-$15 • Members-$10 July 18 — High Society JB Under 22 (with photo ID)-$5 August 15 — Good Time JB September 19 — Heliotrope Ragtime Orchestra

SIMI VALLEY JAZZ CLUB 2nd Sunday, 1-5pm, Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley.

GOLDEN EMPIRE HOT JAZZ SOC. 1st Sunday; 1-5 pm, Kern City Town Hall, 1003 Pebble Beach Dr., Bakersfield

WEST COAST TRAD JASS CLUB The Untouchables – host band, 1st Sunday Every Month 1-5pm The Saloon at Piper’s Winery, 6500 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura - 805-684-6494,

CHATTANOOGA, TN 20th Anniversary Chattanooga Traditional Jazz Festival, April 30-May 2,, (423) 266-0944

CHILLIWACK, BC, CANADA 22nd Annual Chilliwack Jazz Festival, Apr. 30-May 2. (866) 300-7111,

PALOS VERDES, CA Cabaret Jazz Series, High Sierra Jazz Band, May 16., (310) 544-0403.

SACRAMENTO, CA 37th Annual Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, May 28-31., (916) 372-5277 x10

COLUMBIA, MO JW “Blind” Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival, June 9-10. (573) 875-0600.

Lafayette Hotel & Suites Mississippi Room • 2223 El Cajon Blvd. • San Diego


PASSINGS John E. “Jake” Hanna was a superb drummer; an excellent technician who always played with swing, subtlety and good taste. He passed away on Feb. 12, 2010 of complications from a bone marrow disease. His major influences included George Wettling, Jo Jones, Dave Tough and Buddy Rich. Hanna synthesized elements of their playing into his own style. He was equally at home with older swing-style and modern groups, trios, and big bands. His versatility is evident in the variety of musical settings he worked with: Woody Herman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, Soprano Summit, Supersax, Marian McPartland, Toshiko, the Concord Super Band, Harry James, Peanuts Hucko, John Sheridan, Banu Gibson, Joe Venuti, the Newport All-Stars with Pee Wee Russell, Warren Vaché,



20th Annual America’s Dixieland Jazz Festival, June 24-June 27, (360) 9439123

Evergreen Jazz Festival, July 23-25, (303) 697-5467

GILLETTE, WY Donkey Creek Jazz Festival, June 2627., (307) 686-0254


MERIDEN, CT Great CT Traditional Jazz Festival, July 30-Aug. 1,, (800) 468-3836


22nd Annual Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee, July 14-18, (877) 686-5299

11th Anniversary Orange County Classic Jazz Festival, Aug. 5-8, (888) 2156222



14th Annual Cline Wine & Dixieland Festival, July 17., (800) 546-2070


12th Annual Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, Aug. 13-15, (209) 405-1563


Jimmy McPartland, Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Rosemary Clooney and many others. He recorded with most of those groups, as well as with his own bands—the Kansas City Express, the Hanna-Fontana Band and his After Hours Gang. From the 1970s until his death, Jake Hanna was in-demand for all-star groups both in the U.S. and overseas. Look For AFCDJS on Facebook! AFCDJS now has its own page on the popular Facebook social networking site. The Facebook page contains upto-the-minute news regarding the San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, Adult Jazz Camp, Monthly Concerts and other AFCDJSsponsored activities, plus photo albums from the Festival and Jazz Camps. Log onto Facebook today and become a fan of AFCDJS! JAZZ RAMBLER

31st Annual

San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival All-Event Nov. 24 – 28, 2010 Badge Prices

Town & Country Resort and Convention Center 500 Hotel Circle North (I-8 & SR-163) San Diego

5-Day Badge $90 4-Day Badge $85 3-Day Badge $80

Daily Badges Available

Featured Bands and Guest Artists:



AFCDJS • P.O. Box 880387, San Diego, CA, 92168-0387 • Tel: (619) 297-5277 $5.00 off the price of each 3, 4 or 5-Day badge if staying at Town & Country.To qualify for the discount, room reservations AND badge purchase must be made, and mail orders postmarked prior to Nov. 1, 2010. The 31st Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival is funded in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

For 2010 Hotel Reservations, contact the Town & Country 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108, 1-800-772-8527 or (619) 291-7131 S/D Triple Quad Garden Rooms $99 $109 $119 Regency/Courtyard $109 $119 $129 Royal Palm Tower $119 $129 $139 Parking is limited at the T&C. The San Diego Trolley is a convenient alternative.


Telephone: (619) 297-5277 email: • website: No. of 5-Day All Event Badges (Wed- Sun) ___ @$90 ea.

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Festival Sponsorships are Available for 2010 Take an active role in producing the Festival! AFCDJS encourages our Festival attendees to consider sponsoring a room, band or musician at the 31st Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival — Nov. 24-28, 2010. ~~~~ For sponsorship info: E-mail: or call Paul Daspit directly at 619-222-9535. ~~~~ Multiple sponsors for the same room, band or musician are welcome.

20th Annual Jazz Festival

24, 25, 26, 27, June, 2010 Saint Martin’s University (Marcus Pavilion Headquarters)

5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey, WA

Great Jazz Bands T



Three venues, one site • 2 dancing, one listening • Large dance floors • Nearby hotels Shuttle service • Parasol parades On-site RV parking • Swing Set After Glow Party, 5 PM at Tugboat Annies & Medicine Creek Winery Comfort Inn*....................................$94

Clarion Hotel ..............................$99.99


Lacey • 360-456-6300

Olympia • 360-352-7200

King Oscar Motel* .................... $60/65

Govenor Hotel* ...............................$79

Limited RV Hookups at St. Martin’s campus Water/electricity only and unlimited dry camping are available. RV advance reservations are required. RV PARKING: Pat Herndon 360-956-7132 Email: Use order form. Land Yacht Harbor RV Sites - Lacey 360-491-3750 American Heritage Campground 360-943-8778 360-352-2551

Lacey • 360-438-3333

Olympia • 360-352-7700

Super 8 Motel .............................$79.95

Phoenix Inn* ..................................$119

Lacey • 360-459-8888

Olympia • 360-570-0555

Holiday Inn Express* ....................$119

Ramada Inn (formerly AmeriTel)* .$109.95

Lacey • 360-491-7985

Olympia • 360-459-8866

La Quinta ....................................$92.50

Red Lion Inn ....................................$99

Lacey • 360-412-1200

Quality Inn* ......................................$75 Lacey • 360-493-1991

Quality Inn .......................................$70 Olympia • 360-943-0804

Olympia • 360-943-4000

Tumwater Best Western........... $76/83 Tumwater • 360-956-1235 *Featured hotels donate to the GODJS

Qty. ___ Early Bird All Event before May 31, 2010................. $75 ___ All Event after May 31, 2010 ..................................... $80 ___ Kick-off Party - Thursday only ................................ $10 ___ Friday only ................................................................ $35 ___ Friday only after 7pm ............................................... $20 ___ Saturday only ........................................................... $45 ___ Saturday only after 7pm .......................................... $25 ___ Sunday only .............................................................. $25 ___ Student - 14-22 w/ID, All Event................................ $15 ___ Patron of Jazz (Includes All Event Badge) ............. $125 RV parking w/hookup _______ days @ $25/day RV dry park parking _______ days @$20/day Length of RV ________ ft. No. of slideouts________ Permit issued at check in TOTAL $___________________ BE A SPONSOR Band Sponson - Name in Book & Ribbon ..........................................$100 Silver Sponsor - 2 All Event Badge, Name in Book & Ribbon.............$300 Gold Sponsor - 2 All Event Badge, 2 Thursday night badges, Name in Book & Ribbon ...................................................................$500


INFORMATION: Charlotte Dickison 360-943-9123 • Email: RV PARKING: Pat Herndon 360-956-7132 • Email: Visit our website at: Name ________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________ State_____Zip_____________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________ Credit Card #________-________-________-________ Exp._____/_____ Signature _____________________________________________________________

Postmark will determine price. Voucher will be mailed. Badges required at all festival sites. NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 15, 2010. PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO GODJS (We accept VISA/MasterCard/Discover credit cards) Mail to: Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society P.O. Box 924, Olympia, WA 98507 WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ORGANIZATION




Zutty Singleton . . . continued from back page others. Singleton’s 1940 record of “King Porter Stomp” (with his own band) was one of the most rhythmically intense sides of that particular year. The only other record from 1940 that could possibly match it was Bud Freeman’s “Prince of Wails” with Dave Tough’s fiery cymbals relentlessly driving the band. However, the recordings that show Zutty Singleton at his best were the “Three Deuces” sides, made for Commodore in 1941. The band name celebrated a musicians’ hangout in Chicago and reunited three musical comrades who formed a mutual admiration society — Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Joe Sullivan (piano) and “Face” on drums. These records really tell the Zutty Singleton story — swinging press rolls and snare drum fills, explosive rimshots, propulsive ride cymbal, hypnotic tom-tom rhythms, melodic solos and judicious use of woodblock, cowbell (and ratchet)! Russell and Sullivan were clearly enjoying every quarter note of the superb drumming. Listeners who have a soul will feel the same inspiration when they hear these desert island recordings. A year later, Singleton took part in

the first televised jazz concert, with a band led by Eddie Condon. In 1943, he took time off from his busy schedule in New York City to make a trip to Hollywood. There he appeared onscreen and was heard on the soundtrack of the film “Stormy Weather,” playing with a combo led by his old friend Fats Waller. Despite the fact that the onscreen action was “synched” to a prerecorded soundtrack, it is a joy to watch Zutty work his musical wonders during an uptempo passage on “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” (Waller also recorded a number called “Moppin’ and Boppin,” which featured a drum solo, but it was not included on the soundtrack. Thankfully, it was later released by RCA Victor). After a brief return to New York, Zutty and Marge headed west to Los Angeles. During his long residency in Southern California, Singleton played with an astonishing roster of musicians, including Kid Ory, the Firehouse Five Plus Two, the Bobcats, Slim and Slam, Albert Nicholas, James P. Johnson, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie! Zutty’s incredible musical instinct allowed him to play just the right thing in each musical situation, whether playing a rideout chorus over a fire siren, or following the complex playing of

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Parker and Gillespie. He was heard on Orson Welles’ broadcasts featuring the Kid Ory band, “Lamplighter” broadcasts with Bob Crosby’s Bob Cats, seen onscreen in “New Orleans” (with Armstrong, Ory and Billie Holiday), “Love that Brute” (with Eddie Miller) and on the “Dixieland Jamboree” TV series with Nappy Lamare. He recorded with the Capitol Jazzmen, Barney Bigard, Wingy Manone and Kay Starr and appeared at the very first traditional jazz festival — the “Dixieland Jubilee” in Los Angeles. The Singletons eventually returned to New York, this time permanently. In 1951, Zutty went to Paris with a band led by Mezz Mezzrow. Though the band experienced a number of musical and personal problems, “Face” received a hero’s welcome from French jazz fans who were well aware of his distinguished musical background. Back in New York, he worked briefly with Roy Eldridge, then played a long stint in a trio with clarinetist Tony Parenti and pianist Dick Wellstood at the Metropole. When Jimmy Ryan’s moved to a new location, Zutty led the band. He continued to record, with Sidney Bechet and Lil Armstrong, Dick Wellstood and Tony Parenti, Henry Red Allen, the DeParis Brothers and more. And despite the traditionally-oriented recordings he made, Singleton enjoyed hearing contemporary musicians such as Thelonious Monk. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he appeared at the Manassas Jazz Festival in Virginia. A number of the sessions were recorded and issued by Festival Director Johnson McRee, including a two-volume set from 1967 of “Zutty and the Clarinet Kings.” This set contains one of Singleton’s best melodic solos — a clear statement of the melody on “Chinatown, My Chinatown,” which should be required listening for any drummer who expresses an interest in soloing! He also played several unaccompanied solos for the Frenchproduced film “L’Aventue Du Jazz.” After suffering a stroke in 1970, he retired from music and passed away in New York City on July 14, 1975. Pianist Jess Stacy once remarked that Singleton’s drumming “was a foundation on which wonders could be built.” Zutty Singleton’s recordings, and comments from those who heard him in person, confirm Stacy’s assessment. His drumming was the heartbeat of jazz. PAGE 7

‘Must-Hear’ Records of Drummer Zutty Singleton Compiled by Hal Smith

SAN DIEGO ADULT TRADITIONAL JAZZ CAMP The original and only music camp by AFCDJS January 20-23, 2011 All facilities are located at the Lafayette Hotel & Suites in San Diego.

Instruction will include sectionals for front line and rhythm. Students play music together and with faculty members throughout the weekend. THE 2011 FACULTY: Clint Baker - cornet Alan Adams, Director - trombone Jim Buchmann - clarinet, sax John Royen - piano Katie Cavera - banjo, guitar Marty Eggers - tuba, bass Hal Smith, Assistant Director - drums

TUITION: $400.00 * Enrollment is limited. * There is a $50.00 tuition discount for Jazz Camp students who stay at the Lafayette Hotel & Suites. For room reservations, contact the hotel at 1-888-272-6343 or (619) 296-2101; Ask for the “Jazz Camp Suite rate” which includes breakfast each day. Make checks to AFCDJS (deduct discount if staying at the Lafayette Hotel & Suites). Complete the form below and mail it with your check to: AFCDJS, PO Box 880387, San Diego, CA 92168-0387 To receive further information, call (619) 297-5277 or E-mail: Website: Name





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“Sugar Foot Strut,” “Monday Date,” “Tight Like That,” “That Rhythm Man” (Louis Armstrong); “That’s Like it Oughta Be,” “My Little Dixie Home” (Jelly Roll Morton Trio); ); “Yellow Dog Blues,” “I Would Do Anything For You,” “It’s Gonna Be You,” “Who Stole the Lock?” (Rhythmakers); “Smiles” (Charles LaVere); “Scrunch Lo” (Banjo Ikey and his Windy City Five); “Bugle Call Rag” (Zutty and his Band); “Heckler’s Hop” (Roy Eldridge); “Dinah,” “Zutty’s Hootie Blues” (Pee Wee Russell’s Rhythmakers; “Everybody Loves My Baby” (Pee Wee, Zutty and James P.); “China Boy” (Sidney Bechet - 1938 BBC Broadcast); “Royal Garden Blues,” “Everybody Loves My Baby” (Mezzrow-Ladnier Quintet); “Good Old New York,” “Climax Rag,” “Ballin’ The Jack” (Jelly Roll Morton’s New Orleans Jazzmen); “Dinah,” “My Buddy,” “Singin’ the Blues” (Lionel Hampton); “King Porter Stomp,” “Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble” (Zutty Singleton and his Orchestra); “Jig Walk,” “Deuces Wild,” “The Last Time I Saw Chicago,” “About Face” (Three Deuces); “Georgia Cakewalk,” “Get Happy” (Art Hodes); “Clambake in Bb” (Capitol Jazzmen); “That’s A Plenty” (Kid Ory – 1944 broadcast); “Crawfish Blues,” “Barney’s Bounce” (Barney Bigard); “Tailgate Ramble” (Wingy Manone”); “Slim’s Jam” (Slim Gaillard); “Washington & Lee Swing” (Nappy Lamare); “Milneburg Joys” (Sidney Bechet/Lil Armstrong); “Down in Jungle Town” (Tony Parenti); “Drum Face,” “New Orleans Drums” (unaccompanied solos).

Jazz Roots on KSDS FM

Jazz Roots is heard on Sunday evening, 8-10 pm, on KSDS FM (88.3 on the dial). The program features the roots of jazz — ragtime, blues, country music and more. Jazz Roots is hosted by Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts Rare Records and founder of the San Diego Folk Festival and the Adams Avenue Roots Festival. JAZZ RAMBLER




2010 Jazz Camp!!

Jazz Rambler Available Online America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society extends a special “Thanks” to all AFCDJS members who signed up to get their Jazz Rambler online! Online subscriptions will help us cut high postage costs so we can use that money for “The Music.” Remember, it’s not too late to change to an “online” Jazz Rambler subscription. If you want participate in this money-saving program, email Myrna Goodwin, the AFCDJS Secretary, at

18th Annual “USOCanteen Swing Night” The San Clemente Community Center will be jumping with the happy sounds of music, dancing and good times on Saturday evening, June 5th, when the San Clemente Rotary Club in partnership with the City of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Department will present the 18th Annual “USO-Canteen Swing Night.” This year’s festivities will begin at 6pm with a Pasta Dinner catered by Carbonara’s Italian Trattoria, then 7-10pm the lights will dim, the mirrored ball will glimmer, and the music strikes up with the magical sounds of Pete Jacobs and his famous “Wartime Radio Revue” featuring a variety of vocalists from “crooners” to Andrews Sisters “look and sound alikes.” This promises to be another fantastic Rotary Club musical event … so dust off those dancing shoes … and remember, uniforms & ’40s-era attire are always welcome! There will be a full “no host” bar available and is priced at $40 per attendee. For additional information and to order tickets please visit the website at or call(949) 5456441.

AFCDJS Elects New Board



America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society elected its 2010 Board of Directors at the March meeting. Lisa Richardson was elected to the Board for the first time. The other Board members are Curtis McKee, Alice Contreras, Everett Crouse, Bill Adams, Paul Daspit, Carey Thoza, Jane Brown, Ruthe Monteith, and Myrna Goodwin. The new officers are Bill Adams,President and Paul Daspit, VicePresident. Myrna Goodwin was re-elected as Secretary and Alice Contreras as Treasurer. Alan Adams continues to serve as Executive Director and Hal Smith as Assistant Director. JAZZ RAMBLER


Feb. - March - April

New and Renewal Members

Connor T. Ford Leon & Marilyn Friedman $100 DAWN CLUB Dan & Kathy Fults Alice Aiton Pat & Gil Gilbert Jim Carroll Sue Grogan Kevin & Jane Lynch Rosemary Hallum Martha B. Schwartz Edward Hanlon Mike & Sylvia Swall David & Annalee Henderson Dean & Susan Turney Arlene Hiss ~~~~~ Don & Bobbie Hodges Dick Alderson Sheila Holm “Andy” & Helena Andersen Daryl Holmes Cleve Baker Pamela Hoover Peggy Margaret Bartley Kenneth & Marie Ingalls Mary Bartholomew Bernard F. Jaeger Rollin Baugh Jim Jones Robert & Louise Bosch Ted Kagan Lowell & Sylvia Brown Richard W. Keehn Don & Eleanor Browning Dave & Joanne Kemp William Burgin Gail Kerna Barbara Clark Kay Kilby Michel & Marie-Jo Coclet Donald R. Krag Mark Coholan Charles & Virginia Kurtz Alpo & Reine Rimon-Collanus Norton R. Langley Willard T. Columbus Tim & Juliet Laughlin Timothy Columbus Keith & Sheila Larson Beryl Colvin Anne Linn G. Ed Connett Donald K. Madison Dorothy Cook Marian Maguire Richard Dale Jane McAllen K. Jayne Daugherty Louise McClure Lloyd & Sally De Peaux Darleen McKim Fred & Deb Dodd Anne G. McNaughton Clara & Virginia Dorn Joan Mitchell Hoyt Ecker Louise Mitchell Roy Ellis Sandra J. Morgan Roger & June Entringer Murray H. Mott Diane Erk Don & Mary Mullin

Pete & Renee Munoz George Murphy David & Mary Nuffer Ronald & Bobbie Olsen Rodney D. Orth Gilbert Pablo Jerry Parmer Bill Paul John & Sandra Peters Don Pierce Joe & Mary Prasek Raul Ramalbo Bob & Cynthia Rauch William & Joan Ray Stella Reed Anna M. Rowe Robin & Janine Ryder Mary T. Sanford Jo & Dick Schimberg Patrick Scull Joseph Settepani Charles T. Sewell Pat Shank Charles & JoAnn Smith Phillip K. Solomon Carl & Denise Stewart Ed Struble Mildred “Joyce” Stuart Michael Stubbs Jerry Swisher Roy L. Sylva Ed Turner Bill Van Dorn Carl W. Warren Mac Werthmuller Dick & Kathy Williams George & Mary Yellich Toni Yoders

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION/RENEWAL /SUBSCRIPTION FORM Please check the applicable boxes and mail to: AMERICA’S FINEST CITY DIXIELAND JAZZ SOCIETY P.O. Box 880387 • San Diego, CA 92168-0387 • Phone: (619) 297-5277 NEW ‰ RENEWAL ‰ Enclosed is ‰ $20.00 for a single membership (includes Jazz Rambler) ‰ $30.00 for a couple membership (includes Jazz Rambler) ‰ $15.00 for annual subscription / Jazz Rambler only ‰ $20.00 — foreign SUPPORT THE EDUCATION FUND

‰ $1,000 Cotton Club ‰ $250 Storyville Club ‰ $100 Dawn Club ‰ Please contact me regarding volunteer work for the AFC Dixieland Jazz Society NAME _________________________________________________________________ MAILING ADDRESS ______________________________________________________ CITY ___________________ STATE _____ ZIP _________ EMAIL _____________________ PHONE/EVES __________________________ DAYS __________________________ JAZZ RAMBLER SPRING 2010

AFCDJS PRESENTS FREE 2010 DIXIE WORKSHOPS (2nd Thurs. of month, 7-9 pm)

2010 Dates: May 13 • June 10 July 8 • Aug. 12 Sept. 9 • Oct. 14 • Nov. 11 AFCDJS-sponsored workshops are held the second Thursday of every month (except December) from 7 to 9pm at the San Diego Musicians Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd. Requirement: Desire to play Dixieland Jazz! Furnished: Drums, piano and a core group of instructors.

~~~~~~~ ALL LEVELS OF TALENT WELCOME! ~~~~~~~ (619) 297-JASS (5277)

The personnel of many of the local Bands that have appeared in our Festivals have been participants in the AFCDJS free Jazz Workshops.


Music for Youth Bands

Small instrumental combo and Dixie-style musical arrangements are now available for school and youth bands and other community or start-up bands. Check our updated website at: and click Small Band Music, or you may contact our Archives volunteer by email:

ERRATA In the article on Papa Ray Ronnei (They Called it Jazz, Winter 2010 Jazz Rambler, p. 12), Paul Affeldt was mistakenly identified as the person who recorded the Pepper Jazz Band, Jazz Missionaries and El Dorado Jazz Band. The person who actually recorded those bands, and who produced the Epitaph and Item-1 LPs, was William Miskell. The author regrets the error.



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They Called it Jazz

Zutty Singleton – The Heartbeat of Jazz (This is the 76th in a series of biographies of great traditional jazz musicians.) By Hal Smith AFCDJS President Recently, jazz pianist Ray Skjelbred was listening to the 1941 recording of “The Last Time I Saw Chicago” by The Three Deuces, with clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, pianist Joe Sullivan and drummer Zutty Singleton. As Singleton launched into an accented press roll behind Russell’s wailing clarinet, Skjelbred virtually pointed his finger at Singleton and declared, “That guy’s a genius!” A majority of drummers, other instrumentalists and listeners agree! Arthur James Singleton was born in Bunkie, Louisiana on May 14, 1898. His lifelong nickname was bestowed upon him as an infant. (“Zutty” is Creole for “cute”). He began drumming at an early age and played professionally with the legendary New Orleans pianist Steve Lewis. During this time Singleton became one of the first drummers in New Orleans to play brushes extensively. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, then returned to New Orleans. In the early ’20s he joined the orchestra of Fate Marable, and went to work on the Streckfus riverboats. With Marable, he gained another nickname: “Face.” In years to come, Singleton addressed most acquaintances in this way, and they returned the compliment! The riverboat work eventually took Singleton to St. Louis, where he joined the orchestra led by cornetist Charlie Creath. After hours, he played sessions with Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer and a St. Louis musician who would become a lifelong friend and associate— Pee Wee Russell. In the Gateway City, Singleton also met his soon-to-be bride, Marjorie Creath (Charlie’s sister). PAGE 12

In 1925, the Singletons relocated to Chicago, to take advantage of that city’s thriving musical scene. Zutty soon fell in with an old acquaintance, Louis Armstrong, and the two New Orleanians maintained a busy schedule playing dances, shows, clubs and recordings. The drummer played briefly with Doc Cook and his Orchestra and put in a longer stint with a trio led by clarinetist Jimmie Noone. One night during the trio engagement, Noone reportedly turned to Singleton and asked him to take a drum solo. Years later, describing the drum solos to author Martin Williams, Singleton recalled humming the melody to himself, marking off the internal fourand eight-bar phrases and ending the solo exactly at 12, 16 or 32 bars, depending on the song. Zutty’s playing inspired many younger Chicago drummers. Dave Tough picked up his accented press rolls. George Wettling borrowed some of his unique snare drum patterns. Sid Catlett was deeply influenced by the melodic solos, using the entire drum set. In 1938, Gene Krupa played many of Singleton’s tom-tom rhythms on one of the most famous drum features of all time — “Sing, Sing, Sing,” At the end of his solo, Krupa also appropriated SPRING 2010

Zutty’s four strokes on the cowbell to cue the orchestra back in! In the late ’20s, Singleton recorded a number of classic sides with Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines. He used an unusual percussion device called “bocka-da-bock cymbals” on “Sugar Foot Strut” and “Monday Date” while other recordings demonstrated his mastery with brushes and his strong pulse on the bass drum. In 1929, Armstrong and Singleton went to New York. A session from July of that year produced one of the best recordings ever made by Louis or Zutty — “That Rhythm Man.” The incandescent trumpet and vocal and the swinging drums are nonpareil. The two New Orleanians parted company, though Singleton stayed on for awhile in New York. Between 1929 and 1932, his drumming was heard on a number of classic records, including a trio date with Jelly Roll Morton and Barney Bigard and the spectacular “Rhythmakers” sides featuring Henry Red Allen, Pee Wee Russell, Joe Sullivan, Eddie Condon, Pops Foster and others. Zutty returned to Chicago, working as a sideman and sometimes leading his own groups. He continued to record memorable sides, such as those with Charles LaVere, Banjo Ikey Robinson and Roy Eldridge. When a steady engagement with Eldridge ended in 1937, Singleton once again decided to try his luck in New York. The second time was a charm. He was soon working regularly at Nick’s in Greenwich Village, then at Jimmy Ryan’s on 52nd Street. He also spent a considerable amount of time in recording studios, with Lionel Hampton, Jelly Roll Morton, Mezz Mezzrow, Art Hodes, Sidney Bechet, Pee Wee Russell and continued on page 7 JAZZ RAMBLER

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