Friday, Sep. 11 – Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
6:30-9pm Sep 11 & 25, Oct 9 & 23, Nov 6 & 20, Dec 4 & 18 at Dew Drop Jazz Hall
430 Lamarque Street
Mandeville, LA 70448
Local Phone: (985) 624-9604
|A fall concert series dominated by traditional jazz and blues kicks off on Sept. 11 with Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, continuing the observance of the 120th anniversary of the historic Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall in Old Mandeville. |
All fall concerts will be on Friday nights from 6:30 to 9pm. Admission to all shows is $10 payable at the door and beverages and souvenir merchandise is available at each show with food available for a fee prepared next door by members of the First Free Mission Baptist Church.
The fall schedule is as follows:
SEPTEMBER 11 - DON VAPPIE & THE CREOLE JAZZ SERENADERS
The fall schedule begins with what many call the best jazz orchestra in the region with Vappie leading his group in a program paying homage to the legends of the creation of New Orleans jazz such as King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Astoria Hot Eight and others. Vappie, of Covington, is an accomplished bassist and is also considered one of the major banjo players in contemporary jazz. He travels the world solo and with other groups in addition to fronting his big band. He was instrumental in helping the Friends of the Dew Drop re-open the building to live music a decade ago after it had been closed for several years.
SEPTEMBER 25 - CHRIS THOMAS KING
King, son of the late Louisiana blue legend Tabby Thomas, has emerged as one of the stalwarts of contemporary blues, featured in critically acclaimed films such as O Brother Where Art Thou and Ray about singer Ray Charles. Schooled in traditional blues he is also credited with a new genre, the fusion of rap and blues.
OCTOBER 9 - DEACON JOHN
Deacon John, a fan favorite at the Dew Drop, has been entertaining with his band the Ivories since the 1950s when he held forth at the historic Dew Drop Inn in New Orleans, a landmark for rhythm and blues in the late 1940s and 50s as the Dew Drop in Mandeville is treasured by jazz purists worldwide for its roll in hosting early legends and inventors of the art form such as Kid Ory and Bunk Johnson.
OCTOBER 23 - CLIVE WILSON & HIS ORIGINAL CAMELLIA JAZZ BAND
Clive Wilson is a native of England and as a young man took up the trumpet after seeing the New Orleans legend George Lewis on tour. After getting a degree in physics from Newcastle University in England he came to New Orleans in 1964 deciding to devote his life to learning traditional jazz rather than a career in physics. He quickly was embraced by the city's brass bands and formed his Original Camellia Jazz Band in 1979. It takes its name from the famous Camellia steamer than regularly ran between West End in New Orleans and Mandeville.
NOVEMBER 6 - BIG DADDY O
Owen Tufts, best known as Big Daddy O, is imposing on stage at 6 feet, 6 inches and has a powerful voice to match, specializing in jazz, swing, jump, blues and pop standards. He will be back by a band.
NOVEMBER 20 - CINDY SCOTT
Scott since settling in New Orleans in 2005 has emerged as one of the city's most acclaimed jazz singers winning the Best Female Vocalist award in the Offbeat Magazine Best of the Beat Awards in 2011. She has a master's degree in music and teaches vocal music when not performing. Her latest CD from 2014 Historia has received widespread critical acclaim.
DECEMBER 4 - ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: THE WRITE BROTHERS
The Write Brothers offer the fall season's only departure from traditional jazz and blues. The group which only debuted with a performance early this year at Chickie Wah Wah also received its first record, First Flight, this year. The focus with this quartet of Spencer Bohern, Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray and Jim McCormick is singer-songwriting. Bohren, who has played at the Dew Drop before, travels the world as a folk roots music artist. Sanchez was long a member of Cowboy Mouth and now has 11 solo albums. McMurray was a founder of New Orleans groups Royal Fingerbowl and the Tin Men and McCormick splits his time between New Orleans and Nashville where he has written country hits for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Their stage name is a play on aviation pioneers the Wright Brothers and the fact that are all highly regarded songwriters.
DECEMBER 18 - LINNZI ZAORSKI & BAND (CHRISTMAS SHOW)
Linnzi Zaorski first gained attention as a vocalist for jazz band the New Orleans Jazz Vipers and then formed her own band, Delta Royale. She will have a 6-piece band backing her and will feature selections from her 2009 seasonal album It's A Wonderful Record. She lives in Bush now and has returned to entertaining after giving birth this year to a daughter.
Owned by the City of Mandeville, the Dew Drop is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed by the non-profit Friends of the Dew Drop who all volunteer to bring music back to the historic site and preserve and protect it. It also manages a new outreach program called Dew Drop JazzKids wherein local jazz musicians conduct programs on jazz music for elementary school students in St. Tammany Parish.
More information on the Dew Drop is available at www.dewdropjazzhall.com.
|Location: Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall|
|Transportation/Parking: Free off-street parking in neighborhood|
|No. years event has taken place: 10|
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