As you might expect, dates are filling up fast!
See dates below.
This next tour is very ambitious and almost certain to draw large audiences given their hard-earned popularity all around the scene this year.
Those of you who have enjoyed their current tour should be sure to catch next year's extravaganza, as they will be performing as a 10 piece outfit and offering an even wider repertoire. Interested venues/promoters, please contact Jazz Guide, in the first instance, for available dates.
Their repertoire and overall sound will be along the lines of Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra, Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten, Piron's Orchestra, Celestin's Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, as well as some radio/studio formations accompanying a singer: i.e., Rudy's Vallee, Annette Hanshawe, Lee Morse, etc.. They are currently digitizing much of John Robichaux's repertoire, as he was certainly one of the most prolific band leaders in this city in those early days.
The intention is to highlight the lesser heard repertoire, and overall ensemble sound of early New Orleans-based orchestras.
The plan is to not let the logistics of planning this project hinder its realization. That's why they are making every effort now to make sure that it can happen. Bandleader Ryan collected quite a few resources on their most recent tour by simply asking at their concerts whether someone had any sheet music or band arrangements that they would care to share with us - it immediately manifested in several hundred scores offered to us from 2 or 3 separate individuals! And this week Ryan raided the Hogan Jazz Archives at the university on a daily basis, finding a lot of arrangements he'd never expected to find. Ryan is very much aware of the enormity of this project and very excited to make this happen. It's something the band have been dreaming about doing for a number of years.
Such dedication should be taken as a measure of this band's determination to expand and spread the ethos of the wider world of music. Embrace and experience the phenomenon folks.
As if you needed any further reason to log this tour into your diaries, I can tell you the duration of the tour has already been extended, and, they will be recording their efforts in a well respected studio whilst over here.
More news of this in the next week, so stay tuned to this website for full details.
2021 Tour dates so far:
Jan 15th - Bay Jazz Club - Enfield
Jan 16th - Juju's Bar & Stage, London
Jan 17th - Somerset
Jan 18th - Bournemouth
Jan 20th - Concorde - Eastleigh
Jan 22nd - Redcliffe Hotel
Jan 24th - Devon
Jan 27th - Pershore
Jan 28th - Bedford/Nottingham TBC
Jan 30th - Dove Holes
Jan 31st - Rochdale / Staffoerd TBC
Feb 2nd - Olney TBC
Feb 3rd - Surrey
Feb 4th - Surrey
Feb 5th - Newbold Verdon
Feb 6th - Bollington