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New Orleans Music Traditions

In New Orleans at the turn of the century when jazz was invented, to advertise functions and for weddings and funerals, the bands used to switch from the static dance band format, to either riding on the back of a waggon or marching through the streets.

Umbrella Parade  

The sound of the music would bring people out onto the street to see what was going on. Very quickly a second line would form and follow the band around the town. Because of the humidity in New Orleans, many people would carry an umbrella - to protect them from the rain, or to shade them from the sun.

This umbrella parade quickly became part of the whole proceedings and people would decorate their umbrellas to try to outshine those of their neighbours. Consequently, when The New Orleans Jazz Band feel that the occasion is right, they instigate their own umbrella parade.

Jam Session

It is a tradition in New Orleans to invite visiting musicians to sit-in with the band. These "jam sessions" are very popular with the audience and the regular members of the band. Over the years we have had guest musicians sitting in with us from all over the world. These have included -

England - Trumpet - Ian Brameld, Chez Chesterman, Steve Graham, Ray Harley, Bernie Hodgson, George Lapsley, Roy Potts, Stephen Ritter, John Shillito, Tony Smith, Carl Spencer, Dave Stradwick, Derek Winters. Clarinet/sax - Kenny Baxter, Mr. Acker Bilk, Peter Bennetto, Frank Brooker, Colin Burgess, Ian Carfrae, Brian Carrick, Norman Grodentz, Matt Lester (founder-member), John Maddox, Roger Myerscough, Roy Pellett, Mac Rae, Ian Wheeler, John Wurr. Trombone - Ted Spearpoint (founder-member), Geoff Cole, Brian Cotton, Dave Donohoe, Mike Hogh. Banjo - Ivor Jones (founder-member), Gavin Belton, Bob Blake, Eddie Edwards, Stu Morrison, Tom Peckham, Dave Rae. Guitar - Dave Alexander, Daryl Bye, Chas. McDevitt, Gary Potter. Piano - Jonathan Scriven, Alan Thomas. Double-bass - Tony Bagot, Mike Godwin, Annie Hawkins, Trefor Williams. Drums - Dipper Duddy, Clive Pracy. Vocals - 'Rosie' Val Barrett, Toni Baxter, Sandy Croft, Ava Golding, Karen Love, Lulu White.

Holland - Hans Hummeling (piano/founder-member), Martin Teutscher (Saxophone), Han Wezenaar (saxophone/clarinet).   Wales - Chris Hodgkins (trumpet), Eddie Williams (trumpet), Patti Flynn (vocals).

United States of America - Bob Aitken (drums), Bill Massey (vocals),  David Gausden (double-bass), Becky Scriven-Damgaard (vocals).    Ireland - Freddie Baker(trumpet). Australia/Denmark - Chris Tanner (clarinet).  

Scotland - Douggie Boyter (banjo/founder-member), Ian Boyter (saxophone), Kenny Milne (trumpet).

Canada - Charlie Wright (clarinet) from the Climax Jazzband in Toronto.

Germany - Gunter Barfuss (double bass), Heike Brockmann (guitar), Andreas Domke (guitar), Jochen Ewald (trumpet), Werner Haag (trumpet/saxophone/clarinet), Jurgen Hintsche (banjo), Otto Lindemann (trumpet).

Portugal - Cristina Afonso (vocals), Hugo Alves (trumpet), Ed Machado (tuba/founder-member), Guillermo Martins (drums), Jose Palma (piano),  Manuel Soares (drums/founder-member), Joao Viana (Dixie Gang, Cascais) (cornet).  

WHERE TO SEE THE BAND

Dear Jazz friends


Lagos - Every Monday the 5 piece Dixie Kings play a free concert of  New Orleans jazz and much more at the Tivoli Hotel (behind the bus station in Rua da Vasco de Gama)  from 8.30pm in the upstairs bar - open to all - just drinks from the bar and bar snacks. This is the fourteenth year we have been playing throughout the year at this venue. Space for dancing.


Porches - Every Friday the 5 piece Dixie Kings perform for the BBQ at the Vila Vita Biergarten (next to Porches roundabout) from 7-10pm. Reservations essential on 282 381 177 - as this venue is spread out, if you are coming to hear the band please ask for a table close to the band.


Albufeira - The Dixie Kings play Tui Blue Hotel, Falesia Beach, Albufeira on Sunday 7th and Saturday 27th - open to all - just drinks from the bar. Space for dancing. Information 935 086 365


If you have any problem booking or need more information email me (tonyscriven@live.co.uk)

 or phone 935 086 365.

Best wishes

Tony Scriven

for The New Orleans Jazzband - The Dixie Kings


If you have any problem booking or need more information email me (tonyscriven@live.co.uk)

 or phone 935 086 365.

Best wishes

Tony Scriven

for The New Orleans Jazzband - The Dixie Kings