About Dr. Jazz
For all of us in the band, traditional Dixieland jazz is the musical sound and genuine spirit of New Orleans while romantic songs mixed with dance music and jazz is what every party needs. Our basic style is called “smooth” jazz which incorporates a romantic touch into standard and new songs, but we also play traditional jazz and are well known in New Orleans for our original style. We have never counted the total number of songs that we play regularly, but the partial list we send out contains over 1,200 numbers.
Four members of our band have been full time music teachers, two have been band directors in the public school system, and two others are full time music performers. Three are relatively recent college graduates while four have played music professionally for over 30 years. We therefore have a nice blend of experience and fresh young talent. We originally got together in the mid 1990’s when we were contracted by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to organize a musical show (which we called “Jazz from Jerico”) performed for a series of “Religion in the Arts” programs throughout the Southeastern United States. This inspired our first CD, “Genesis of Jazz.”
We are a complete band, to the best of my knowledge the only one in New Orleans, in that we do corporate events, cocktail parties, church and venue wedding ceremonies, "second line" parades, anniversaries, reunions, and concerts. In addition, we are a jazz band that has played in Jazz Festivals all over the world, and last year a 3 hr. reception for George W. Bush, at the time, President of the United States. But most of all, we enjoy playing parties, weddings, and events in New Orleans because they are always personal, happy, and full of energy.
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