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The band was formed in 1998 by a group of international jazz musicians, all now living in the Algarve.

With musicians from England, Scotland, Holland, and Portugal, they quickly became established as the premiere group playing Dixieland and New Orleans style jazz music from the 1920's in the area.

In 1999 the band was first featured at the Loule International Jazz Festival followed by a concert tour taking in all the major cities of Portugal, culminating at the prestigious Lisboa concert hall "Cultergest".

Since then the band has quickly become the busiest band on the Algarve playing music for listening and dancing throughout the region. The band is regularly featured at Festivals, whether parading around the streets as part of the Lagos Jazz Festival or at Vilamoura Marina to promote the "Boat Show". They can also be heard at the "Arte Viva" summer festival at Museu do Trajo, Sao Bras de Alportel.

International jazz musicians visiting the Algarve, are regularly featured with the band and in 2004 Mr. Acker Bilk, whose hit tune "Stranger on the Shore" can be heard as canned music in hotel lounges worldwide, toured with the band on his first visit to Portugal.

The current line-up is Dave Lawson (clarinet/saxophones), Cory Sea (guitar), Luis Hilario (contra bass), Han Wezenaar, clarinet and baritone saxophone, and Tony Scriven (drums/leader/vocals).

Continuing the New Orleans tradition of playing a mixture of Blues, Stomps, Marches, Spirituals and Ragtime numbers, the band guarantees the listeners/dancers an evening of excitement and nostalgia.

The band is available as a full concert band (The New Orleans Jazzband) or a five piece marching band (New Orleans Jazz) or for smaller venues, a four piece band (The Dixie Kings). To book the band or for more information, or to receive our monthly e-mailed newsletter, please contact Tony Scriven on 289 591 804 or mobile 935 086 365 or email

September 2023 Agenda

Tivoli Hotel Lagos (behind the bus station) - every Monday free concert has been extended until the end of October. The Dixie Kings  play New Orleans jazz and swing from 8.30pm - Open to all - Just drinks from the bar - space for dancing.

Loule - Saturday 16th September the band plays at an exhibition of World War 2 vehicles at Parque Municipal de Loule, next to the statue of Eng. Duarte Pacheco from 8.30pm. Free entrance with refreshments available.

For More Information:

Tony Scriven

for The New Orleans Jazzband/The Dixie Kings.

tm: 935 086 365