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I promised that I’d follow up my appreciation for Canada with a recap of the Toronto trip and the reason that I went: to look through Joe Showler’s collection of Jack Teagarden materials, living in his old house in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, Ontario. Teagarden, the subject of my MA thesis at Rutgers, is that guy blowing the trombone at the top of the page.
This coincides with my first front-page feature at jazz.com, a collection of the various trombone biographies that I have written for the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. This enterprise has taken up most of my summer, and in a certain sense built up to this visit to Toronto over the weekend. Since enrolling in the MA in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers, I have delved into the early history of the jazz trombone, which has resulted in a surprising reinvigoration into my interest in jazz across its entire century-plus of history.
I have never read Jazz Times.
Yes, I’ve managed to become a decent jazz trombonist and a devoted and somewhat knowledgeable jazz fan willing to borrow tens of thousands of dollars to learn how to study its history, all without picking up the lauded magazine that is the paragon of jazz journalism. This wasn’t on purpose — I just never had the occasion to check it out with the wealth of information available to me through the internet, my friends and fellow musicians.