Dixieland

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
We have talked every genre at one time or another but wondered if anyone had experience playing Dixieland music?
 

Rattlin' Bones

Gold Member
I'd love to play in a Dixieland jazz band, but I've never been able to get any traction around here putting a band together. Preservation Hall clarinet trumpet 'bone that kinda sound.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
We have talked every genre at one time or another but wondered if anyone had experience playing Dixieland music?
I have! Playing at Disneyland it's kind of a requisite that you can do that. We even had a Dixieland ensemble I was in when I attended Fullerton College. When my father passed away, I got three members of the Disneyland Band to play with me at his funeral. We didn't know what we were going to play until we started playing, and this is what we got. We did this song, and "When the Saints go marching in" right after this. My mother loved it, and I'm sure dad smiled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyrLd86XiNU
 

beatdat

Senior Member
I have! Playing at Disneyland it's kind of a requisite that you can do that. We even had a Dixieland ensemble I was in when I attended Fullerton College. When my father passed away, I got three members of the Disneyland Band to play with me at his funeral. We didn't know what we were going to play until we started playing, and this is what we got. We did this song, and "When the Saints go marching in" right after this. My mother loved it, and I'm sure dad smiled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyrLd86XiNU
That's a touching story. Thanks for sharing it.

I played as much Dixieland as the school band did in high school... first year on the tuba! The best part about playing it was that the charts were simple and I didn't have to carry it home from school to practice.

Anyway, I can't deny how infectious Dixieland music is. Same with some old big band stuff. I think it's time to expand my horizons some more.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
I would have bet the farm that Bo would have answered this. Thanks BO. Great story. Not much Bo hasn't done music wise. Bo knows...... And I really don't own a farm.

Keep the answers coming.
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
Yes, I have played Dixieland music a few times.
Wear a long sleeve white shirt, a sleeve garter, suspenders, a bow tie, a straw hat and provide a nice strong back beat and you are good to go.
And do your solos on the hoops of your drums.

(Oh, and don’t forget to bring your brushes and your cowbell.....)


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GetAgrippa

Platinum Member
Yep played some Dixieland band and Gloryland Band (Christian music by Camp Kirkland). Cowbell, wood block, and I had an orchestral whistle that came in handy. Fun stuff. I love the "When the saints go marching in" my Mom use to play that song a lot on piano.
 

eddypierce

Senior Member
We have talked every genre at one time or another but wondered if anyone had experience playing Dixieland music?
I played in a Dixieland band for about 6 years. It was fun. It's kind of interesting from a drumming perspective, because even if the other instruments are fairly closely replicating what was on the original records from the 1920's, the drums often play in a style heavily informed by the swing era drumming of the 30's and 40, or even the bop era or beyond.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I would have bet the farm that Bo would have answered this. Thanks BO. Great story. Not much Bo hasn't done music wise. Bo knows...... And I really don't own a farm.

Keep the answers coming.
You’re welcome! I wouldn’t say I’ve done ALOT, but I’ve been blessed so far. In true friend fashion, my Disney buddies said they’d play for free, but I paid them anyway and didn’t take no lip from them during their protests. My mom and dad would have it no other way.
 

Rattlin' Bones

Gold Member
That's kinda stereotyped. More Disneyland fantasy. Shakey's Pizza circa 1973. Not sure real musicians (all wonderful musicians) playing "Dixieland" at places like Preservation Hall in NOLA would appreciate the caricature.

Yes, I have played Dixieland music a few times.
Wear a long sleeve white shirt, a sleeve garter, suspenders, a bow tie, a straw hat and provide a nice strong back beat and you are good to go.
And do your solos on the hoops of your drums.

(Oh, and don’t forget to bring your brushes and your cowbell.....)


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Red Menace

Platinum Member
Never played Dixieland Jazz (or Trad jazz) but I was heavily influenced by it when I started playing. Started a 3 piece band with piano, drums and horns, ended up being more of a Cabaret-Punk thing but the influence for my playing was very much a Baby Dodds/Chick Webb kind of thing.
 

RickP

Gold Member
I lead a 5 piece Dixieland band for a few years. It was a lot of fun.
Getting the correct feel for the Music is paramount. Tons of fun to play.
 
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