Traditional jazz and Dixieland
There are many different definitions or styles of this music that made its way into
American pop music. Two beat, four beat, Dixieland, vintage, traditional, etc., and some
refer to this music as OKOM — Our Kind Of Music.        
Phil has been playing this music in many places for 45+ plus years and is still trying to
get it right!  Phil plays with several bands in NE Ohio; Each band has its own distinctive
character.  Click on
Phil's Bands to get a sense of the style and hear audio clips of the
About Phil  is a brief music bio of Phil -- where he has played and with which bands over
the past 50+ years.  You can figure out the academic connections as well!
Jazz Venues lists places where you might hear some traditional jazz.
Songs and Composers is a constantly changing list of tunes played by the various
bands.  Some lists include brief song histories, dates and composer information.
Contact Phil to say nice things.  Complaints should be directed to: White House, 1600
Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC.
Phil Cartwright: Traditional Jazzer

Barking Spider Tavern.  After 30 years supporting live music 365 days a
year, the Spider closed on September 18, 2016.
The Night Owls and the Hot Jazz 7 played there monthly for about 20 years.

Raintree Restaurant.  CLOSED  The restaurant changed hands and eliminated live
music.  The New Orleans Jazz Ensemble played there regularly for 16 years but no

Rusty Nail restaurant. CLOSED  The Rusty Nail supported live traditional jazz for
46 years!!  The restaurant is now closed but a new owner is working to reopen the
restaurant and bar in later 2016 or early 2017.
Mojo Strut