from the E&R Department
The E&R Department is pleased to welcome The Dixieland Express for this return performance on Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. on stage in Clubhouse II’s auditorium. Come while away the hot afternoon (in the comfort of air conditioning) listening to the sound of New Orleans jazz. Tickets, $5 per person, go on sale on Tuesday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the E&R offices in both clubhouses.
The Dixieland Express provides one of the best opportunities to listen to authentic Dixieland music north of New Orleans and is lead by band manager and resident John Stewart. The band was founded with the purpose of continuing the musical tradition and creativity found in the performance of early twentieth century jazz. This traditional jazz evolved from the cultural, social, religious and international melting pot of New Orleans.
The instrumentation for The Dixieland Express includes the traditional frontline of cornet, clarinet and trombone. In keeping further with the traditional Dixieland instrumentation, the band also has a rhythm and chords section including drums, and banjo. The tuba fills out the bottom giving the band a solid foundation from which to build chords.
In addition to these six traditional Dixieland instruments, the band will feature an unusual “instrument” that we have named the Klaxophone unique to Dixieland bands (actually unique to all bands!) invented and played by our banjo player (and Klaxophonist), Rick Eldridge. The Klaxophone is played with peddles and has many authentic non-electric sounds such as a train whistle, antique car horn, siren, bird call, and a steamboat whistle perfect for adding realistic sound effects to Sailing Down the Chesapeake and Waiting for the Robert E. Lee.
The band has performed at many different venues over the years such as the Kensington summer concert series, jazz clubs, retirement communities and Potomac River Jazz Club events. The Dixieland Express also performs annually at the Natural Foods Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center for Bob’s Red Mill natural foods.