Talk about being a bit late to the party, I had not heard of the Smoking Time Jazz Club until recently. A regular fixture in the New Orleans jazz scene since its formation, the group recently released their ninth CD, Take Your Tune And Fly, making me regret having missed their earlier sets.
The current version of the band is comprised of trumpeter Jack Pritchett, trombonist Russell Ramirez, Byron Asher on clarinet and tenor, Joe Goldberg switching between clarinet, alto and soprano, either Molly Reeves or Brett Gardner on guitar, banjoist Joseph Faison, bassist John Joyce, drummer Mike Voelker, and singer Sarah Peterson.
Ms. Peterson’s singing is a welcome part of the band for her vocals tend to be brief but fit very well into the group’s vintage sound. The soloists are all excellent and are in the 1920s/30s style, but the ensembles are particularly colorful and give the band its own musical personality. Highlights include such songs as King Oliver’s rarely-played “Stingaree Blues,” “Kansas City Man Blues,” “Tight Like That,” “Temptation Rag,” and a rousing “Weary Blues.”
This CD is great fun that makes me wish I was in New Orleans, catching the Smoking Time Jazz Club at their regular gigs at the Maison and the Spotted Cat.
Ready for something off the beatin' path?
Well, beat a path down to the
Ogden Museum Of Southern Art
We play Thursday, October 18th from 6- 8pm
for the Ogden After Hours Thursday Night Music Series
We will be playing at Dba
Friday, August 17th 6-9 pm.
Come out and do some dancing or just sip a cool beverage and relax.
Regular folk and swing dancers alike always enjoy themselves while Brett plays his guitar wearing a sombrero!
Happy Birthday Louis Armstrong!
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We will be at The Allways Lounge tonight for
Sunday Swing Night from 9 to midnite.
Come on down to the Spotted Cat
Tuesdays 10pm- 2 am
Wheather we're trying out the latest song we learned or playing old favorites we play it like we like it and we always have a blast.
See you at the Spotted Cat
Come on down and beat the heat!
DBA on Frenchman Street
FRIDAY, May 25th 6-9 PM
Come see what the rumpus is all about!
We will be playing
Friday April 6 th 6-9 pm
Friday April 20 th 6-9 pm
best dance floor in town and ice cold drinks.
Hello Jazz Lovers!
Excited to announce we will be playing
Thursday, May 3rd 12:30 pm- 1:25 pm
in the Economy Hall Tent.
We will be performing at
French Quarter Fest
at the French Market Stage
Sunday, April 15th
12:45 pm- 2 pm
We are super excited to be playing this great New Orleans festival.
There is a great dance floor at the French Market Stage and free swing dance lessons before the show. See you there!