Marquette – 10/28/2011– The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who billed themselves “The Creators of Jazz”, have long been been dismissed as the White guys who copied African-American music, and called it their own. There is a lot of truth to that statement, but on the other hand, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s recordings still hold their own unique charm, over 80 years after their initial release. However unfair and indicative of the racism of the era, the record “Livery Stable Blues”, coupled with “Dixie Jass Band One Step” became the first Jazz record ever released on February 26, 1917 for the Victor Talking Machine Company. It was wildly successful. Its release signaled the beginning of the Jazz age and helped define the wild, exuberant era we call the “Roaring Twenties”.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band had recorded for Columbia in January 1917, but the session was unsuccessful and the band had to come back and re-record the songs, thus the release of the Columbia sides did not come about until after the amazing success of the Victor records.
Music by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and several other groups will be presentedat the Peter White Public Library on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm in the library’s community room.
Local musicians that will be performing selections form the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and four other jazz ensembles are Mark Flaherty on cornet/trumpet, Steve Leuthold playing soprano sax, Steve Grugin on trombone, Dave Ziegner playing guitar, Jon Letts on bass and Cameron Mahoney playing the drums.
Sample music of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band