Dixieland Jazz

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In 1917 the “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” recorded its first disc, with music that was a combination of African American/New Orleans ragtime and the sounds brought to New Orleans from Sicily, which had a vibrant jazz scene.

It wasn’t until the 1940s and 1950s, however, that the term Dixieland became associated with the music of the “Old South” and was applied to early jazz.

What makes Dixieland music unique?

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, learn what the Dixieland sound is when the Dan Reed Hot Shots come to PebbleCreek to educate and entertain. The program is free, but registration is required. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the St. Mary's Food Bank.

The musicians are: 

Dan Reed - Trumpet Dan Reed2
Born and raised in St. Louis, Dan started studying trumpet when he was nine and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Music Performance. Hearing the call of the ocean, Dan played for two years with Carnival Cruise Lines and then joined Princess Cruises, where he stayed for 18 years as musical director. Dan moved to Arizona in January, 2011, and has been busy as the featured musician in many bands, conducting, coaching and giving private lessons. Dan started his current group, “Dan Reed’s Music–Keeping It Fun.”

Ernie LandesTrombone and Historian

Ernie started playing the trombone in high school and attended Stanford University. He helped form the “South Bay Seven” a band popular in the San Jose area in the sixties. In 1973, he joined the “Monterey Bay Classic Jazz Band” in Santa Cruz, performing at numerous West Coast venues. Retiring to Washington state in 1995, Ernie became a member of the “Dukes of Dabob” which played for twelve years near Dabob Bay. He loves telling the history and origins of Dixieland Jazz and demonstrating his playing skills.

Jim Whitaker - Piano & Vocals

Jim’s first professional gig was in seventh grade playing Dixieland music his grandfather taught him when he was just a small child. He has played Dixieland music all his life along with symphonic music, jazz, rock & roll, country western and pop. But nothing satisfies Jim as much as playing Dixie with different groups in the Phoenix area, while sharing his music with friends and family.