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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 Ray Charsley (trumpet/vocals), Dave Lawson (clarinet/saxophones), John Ballinger (trombone/vocals), Cory Sea (guitar), Luis Hilario (contra bass), 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, The Dixie Kings, a a five piece or four piece depending on space and budget. 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 tonyscriven@live.co.uk  


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