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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  

WHERE TO SEE THE BAND

Dear Jazz friends

After our yearly break from playing Jazz in the Algarve, we are looking forward to restarting our season of New Orleans Jazz/Dixie Kings music. We hope we will see you at one of our gigs.

The charity concert that we did in Silves tor the Bombeiros raised 2,200 euros. Thank you those that came and others who donated for your generosity - it was a great success despite it being the coldest night of the year.

Alvor - Commencing Sunday 3rd March The New Orleans Jazzband play at O'Navegador Restaurant, Alvor (next to the old lifeboat station, in the pedestrian area next to the river) from 8pm - dinner reservations 282 412 375 or 962 541 124

Armacao de Pera - Thursday 14th March - New Orleans Jazz with The Dixie Kings play a dinner/dance/concert at The Holiday Inn (was The Gharbe) in the fabulous Raj Indian Restaurant from 7.30 - 10.30 Reservations essential 282 320 260 or email info@hialgarve.com

Lagos -  We have yet to be given our start date at Tivoli Hotel on Mondays but will keep you informed.

Porches - We have yet to be given our start date for the summer BBQs at Vila Vita Biergarten on Fridays but will keep you informed.

If you have any problem booking or need more information email me or phone 935 086 365.

Best wishes

Tony Scriven

for The New Orleans Jazzband - The Dixie Kings