Dixie Street Traditional Jazz Band









Don Blainey, Geoff Speed, , Derek Dalton, Rod Andrew, Gordon Coulson, Bruce Gourlay, Peter Milburn.

Dixie Street is a band of thoroughly decent, well-ripened larrikins who formed an ensemble from some of the very best musicians from various States in Australia. When Piano, Sousaphone, Banjo, Drums, Trombone, Trumpet and Reeds get together, the result is the nerves in your feet twitch whilst some rare musical gems from around 1900 simply grab your whole body and give it a good shake. The musicians bring to their performances ample quantities of good humour which overflows to their audiences, young and old. There are a number of vocalists who also add their colour to each performance.

Jazz exists primarily at the ‘moment of performance’. You can make a sound recording of it, and transcribe the notes onto a score. But the next live performance won’t sound like that record or that score. Beyond its historical significance, the music itself is sometimes punchy, full of flair and subtle when required, with much of it being irresistibly happy. Our concerts invite you to experience the ‘moment of performance’ where the collective improvisation of the group provides that special sound of surprise that can only be experienced live.

The band has delighted audiences for many years both overseas and within Australia with their extensive Traditional / Dixieland Jazz reperto.

The Music

The Music
Our repertoire is drawn from the late Victorian era of rags, marches and popular tunes and the early jazz (1886-1930) compositions by Clarence Williams, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong to name but a few. Exciting rare tunes, seldom performed from Sigmond Spaeth, Neil Moret, and many others expand on this wonderfully rich repertoire. We also include compositions from icons of Australian Jazz, Bob Barnard, Roger Bell, Ade Monsbourgh and others we believe are worthy of your attention. Tunes made famous by Kenny Ball 'Samantha ' and 'On Sunday I Go Sailing' are featured alongside the memorable Joseph 'King' Oliver's 1926 'Snag It' which in music meant to 'catch onto some good playing', and that's what happens at our concerts.






CD Review from JAZZSCENE...

Dixie Street Jazz Band
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
This recording was made by the band that toured New Zealand earlier this year (2011) comprising a bunch of veterans whose origins stem from South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales without a hint of regional conflict. The selection of tunes covers the years from 1779 (Amazing Grace), through 1886 (the title tune), the 1900s (Down South, China Town and Ragtime Dance), with others from the 1920s, 30s & 40s, right up to a Roger Bell composition from 1963 and one from the shared pen of Bob Bernard and Chris Taperell that brings us right up to 1990. What a pleasure to hear many songs that are way off the well-trodden path of the Revival, all played with verve, enthusiasm and, dare I say it – feeling for the genre; not always present when the classics are played for the umpteenth time. In the sleeve notes, major domo Rod Andrews describes the music as "… sometimes punchy, full of flair, subtle when required and with many of them simply toe-tapping." Master-of-Ceremonies (and past Master-of-other things) Maurie Fabrikant sums up with 'Around 310 years of performance experience will come at you through the gramophone so sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy a "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight".
Hear! Hear!