Biography: Dr. Jazz
For this band, traditional dixieland jazz is the musical sound and genuine spirit of New Orleans and romantic songs mixed with dance music and jazz is what every wedding needs. Their basic style is called "smooth" jazz which incorporates a romantic touch into standard and new songs, but they also play traditional jazz and are well known in New Orleans for our original style.
They have never counted the total number of songs that they can play, but the partial list they send out contains over 1,200 numbers. Four members of the band are full time music teachers, two have been band directors in the public school system, and their trumpet player has a doctorate in trumpet performance and is the trumpet instructor at Loyola University School of Music. Three are relatively recent college graduates while four have played music professionally for over 30 years. They therefore have a nice blend of experience and fresh young talent.
They originally got together in the mid 1990's when they were contracted by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to organize a musical show (which we called "Jazz from Jericho"), performed for a series of "Religion in the Arts" programs throughout the Southeastern United States. This inspired an earlier CD which they called "Genesis of Jazz".
A few years back, they made a decision to specifically specialize in weddings. They did this because they are personal, everyone is always very happy, the music must be perfect ( we thrive on this challenge) and best of all, they get to be part of the bride's and groom's family, at least for a day. They have been personally rewarded in many ways by the now hundreds of brides and grooms they have played for, including dozens of rave vendor reviews on the web site, The Knot, and being named the best wedding band by New Orleans Magazine.
To the best of their knowledge, they are the only band in New Orleans that can provide music for all aspects of weddings: the ceremony (including church organ with brass), reception, second line, streetcar ride, Jewish weddings, Italian etc., and they have even done a Danish wedding.
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