The Historic Carver Theater

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The Historic Carver Theater

We are Happy to announce we are playing at

The Historic Carver Theater
Wednesday March 8th at 7pm

FREE swing dance lessons begin at 7pm, taught by the NOLA Jitterbug's Chance Bushman!

Featuring La Cocinita food truck, Urban South Craft Beer, specials, and more!

Get your tickets for the show at The Historic Carver Theater on sale now!

 

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Ain't We Fortunate new album available now!

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Ain't We Fortunate new album available now!

Ain't We Fortunate!
The new recording by the Smoking Time Jazz Club that brings the musical ideas of their 1920's heroes into the twenty first century with a
bang!
 Where there's smoke there's fire and Joe Goldberg is hot on the trail of his mentors with a romping rendition of Johnny Dodds' clarinet showpiece Shreveport Stomp and a salute to Sidney Bechet on Petit Fleur. Jack Pritchett and the echoes of Bix Biderbeck can be heard on the classic Copenhagen and he plays a searing trumpet introduction on Louis Armstrong's Gully Low Blues while Jack and Joe share a vocal track that gives you the "low down on the low down" 'ala Armstrong. Seeking inspiration from the great "Tricky Sam" Russel Ramirez is on fire. He plays breaks like he has all the time in the world. Red hot from the tailgating trombone on Jubilee Stomp to the singing trombone on Blues Of The Vagabond. John Joyce is livin' the dream with a hard driving beat on the upright bass and a visceral "man on fire" scream on Taint A Fit Night Out For Man Nor Beast. Hot jazz finds it's home when Joseph Faison plays the banjo. From the first song Downtown Doins he lights a fire under the band and warbles a gut bucket blues on King Oliver's Snag It. On the drums Simon Lott aka "Context Killer" kicks out the jams on Tiny Parham's Washboard Wiggles and can't go wrong when he bangs a gong on Jelly Roll Morton's Jungle Blues. You won't hear Sarah Peterson singing on this recording because she was out of town for a season but we are happy to report Sarah and the band are now in New Orleans gigging and rehearsing songs for the next recording project...

Ain't We Fortunate!

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Allways Lounge

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Allways Lounge

Good news, Sarah is finally online!
...she knows about the show and she will be at the
Allways Lounge this

Sunday December 4th at 9 pm.
Great to have you back Sarah.

 

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Ace Hotel

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Ace Hotel

Dance Sunday afternoon away at the Ace Hotel with a free professional blues/swing dance lesson and then two sets of music by some of the Smoking Time Jazz Club.

This Sunday at The Ace Hotel
Swing Dance lesson at 12 noon.
Smoking Time Jazz Club will be playing immediately following the swing dance lessons at the from 1-3 pm

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French Quarter Fest

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French Quarter Fest

We will be performing at French Quarter Fest 2016 on the French Market Traditional Jazz Stage 

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 11am-12:15 pm

This is the best New Orleans Festival to see and hear traditional jazz.

Our favorite time of the year and a real pleasure to playing at this good time party.

Hope to see you there!

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Make A Tadpole Holler Whale

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Make A Tadpole Holler Whale

Make A Tadpole Holler Whale the new album by the Smoking Time Jazz Club available now.

It's a fine time to get up off your seat and stomp your feet to the new Smoking Time Jazz Club CD Make A Tadpole Holler Whale. This new CD starts off smokin' and just keeps getting hotter. It's a genuine romp and stomp through 1920's era jazz and blues with the band wailing away from beginning to end. 

The new CD features the vocals of Sarah Peterson and Make A Tadpole Holler Whale is a great vehicle for Sarah's style. Listen to her belt out the River Bottom Blues a saga in witch she summons the power of the Mississippi River that she sings about. Also featured on the new CD and a new addition on the reeds is Joe Goldberg. Joe tears it up on clarinet and alto and baritone saxophones with great ensemble work, smoking hot solos and a real honesty and fire in his playing. Check out the alto sax on the classic Maple Leaf Rag and you'll know what we mean. Comin' out ready to swing, Byron Asher has been busy transcribing, revising and improvising on The Penguin. Byron's tenor playing lit a spark in the studio that is sweet music to the ears. Check out Byron and Joe playing clarinet duets on Your Mother's Son In Law, Rumba Negra and Fare Thee Honey Blues. On Shake A Little Bit Colin Myers delivers a hypnotizing blues drenched rendition of an early New Orleans classic trombone solo. Reconstructing the monstrous melody complete with growls and smears, Colin delivers the traditional low moan of the slide trombone with a fresh flavor 'ala New Orleans. Black And Tan Fantasy finds the high octane trumpet sounds of Jack Pritchett "callin' the children home" and on the habanera serenade Goodbye Daddy Blues Joseph Faison sets the stage for lost love, loneliness and heartbreak with the six strings of his guitar while Mike Voelker and John Joyce beat out a latin tinged rhythm that seems to stick with you for days.

When we play the greats like Louis, Duke, Jelly, Bessie or Billie it's because they really were geniuses and the contributions and insights they made to jazz are relevant right now. We aim to bring that music and those great musical ideas into the future. It has been said that music is a great big tree with very old roots. A tree that is indeed still living and growing and if you look at the top it's still sprouting leaves and it's still comin' out waving in the breeze.

 

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