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Jazz Appreciation Month: Bruce Boyer On Joe Williams

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, which G. Bruce Boyer kicks off with a previously unpublished ode to his favorite singer, Joe Williams. If you’ve an anecdote to share (as in our Tales From The Twilight series, more of which will be coming soon) about your favorite artist or album or how you discovered jazz, use

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At Ben Silver, Classic Style That’s Elegant And Sophisticated

Let’s face it: some people say that traditional clothing can be boring. Navy blazer, buttondown oxford shirt, khaki pants, striped tie – have we seen it before? Of course we have. But “trad” need not be synonymous with tedious. Just look at Ben Silver’s take on classic style and you can see how trim (not

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From The Archives

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Campus Capers

Note: This post includes audio files that are not set to play automatically. If they do, and you don’t want them to, please adjust your browser preferences. Reading the lyrics to “The Ivy League Look” in our last post reminded me of the words to another college tune from a generation earlier: Harry Reser‘s “He

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Just Press Play: Christian’s Ivy Heyday Playlist

  I’m going to start the week out by playing DJ. Below is a playlist with 50 tunes spanning the years 1954-1967. This is not a historic survey, but instead a far more personal selection. In general, these are songs I’ve been listening to for a long time. A couple are from my parents’ record


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Ornette Coleman, 1930-2015

Jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman has died at the age of 85. Here is the Wall Street Journal’s coverage. I don’t know what the guys are wearing in this photo, but for me it’s always been the epitome of ’50s-“Talented Mr. Ripley” suited-up blacks-and-whites making music together jazz cool. — CC


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Miles Ago

Today would have been the 89th birthday of Miles Davis, the jazz legend who briefly got hip to the Ivy League Look at none other than The Andover Shop in Harvard Square. It was seven years ago, while telling that story for Ralph Lauren Magazine, that I got fascinated by the social and sartorial history


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Take Five

Take a five minute break and listen to some music. Actually, you’ll need more like 15. Last night ABC’s “World News Tonight” reported on a new documentary on the plight of music in Pakistan. An important topic to be sure, but what does that have to do with us here? The story recounts a 1962


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The Ivy Style Christmas Mix

For this Christmas, Ivy Style founder Christian Chensvold and contributor/comment leaver Daniel C. Greenwood (“DCG”) are pleased to present a little holiday merry-making. We’d planned to just give you one tune, but ended up with four good takes, so consider this Christmas megamix the equivalent of a Joseph A. Bank sweater sale. Now the disclaimers:


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Ethan Hawke’s Chet Biopic And Holiday Trumpet Fanfare

Last night on “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” actor Ethan Hawke, whom Tradsville knows for his early role in “Dead Poets Society,” discussed his upcoming Chet Baker biopic. Unfortunately, as with the long-gestating Miles Davis project headed by Don Cheadle, the film will focus on the jazz musician’s later years, not the years when he would


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The Christmas Playlist

Since I like to doodle at the piano and believe this to be the most wonderful time of the year, I break out the Christmas sheet music the day after Thanksgiving so I can enjoy a whole month of playing yuletide hymns. Of course the retailers start earlier and earlier, but decorations and music are


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Soft Shoulder Shuffle By The Hook Vents

Last week something new shook the foundations of the sedate community of Tradsville — a rockin’ blues band called The Hook Vents. The coolest thing about the band and their tune “Soft Shoulder Shuffle” is that the musicians were never in the recording studio together. They simply laid down their tracks individuallly and emailed them


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My Way: Section Of West 77th Named For Miles Davis

Today, on Miles Davis’ birthday, a section of West 77th Street is being christened Miles Davis Way. The jazz legend made his home there for 25 years. Davis will always hold a special place here, as it was in the summer of 2008, while on assignment for Ralph Lauren Magazine doing a piece about when


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The Marketing Man Who Made Jazz And Ivy Cool

Commenting on our article “Is Ivy Cool?” reader “Camford” asked, “Are cigarettes and jazz cool?” I cannot say whether they are cool. Well, I could, but I won’t, as my physician, insurance agent and childhood music teacher might be reading this article. But I believe they are both addictive and potentially lethal. When I was young


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The Heyday Christmas Turntable

The time for Christmas cheer is once again upon us and Ivy Style is here to help you celebrate in midcentury manner. When one thinks of the Christmas season, one of the first things to spring to mind is music. With that in mind, here’s a look back at some worthy old chestnuts, standards and


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Room For Squares: Kamakura’s Handkerchiefs & Neckties

We’ll conclude the recent batch of Kamakura-versus-Brooks discussion (aka the “buttondown showdown”) with a couple of photos snapped yesterday in the Madison Avenue store. The shop may be small, but it still has room for some newly arrived pocket squares and wool neckties, in addition to all the shirts.