11:15am / April, 11th 2015View Map
NOLA Defender Stage
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band performs traditional Dixieland jazz, “The Music That Made New Orleans Famoussm” producing a current sound with truly authentic New Orleans music. They are the oldest Dixieland jazz band with a direct link back to 1916, securing over 96 years of tradition. The ODJB produce a sound that is true to the original music, structure and harmony yet leap forward with innovative and creative improvised solos, in authentic jazz form. In the element of New Orleans Jazz Ambassadors they are held in the highest regard, humbly performing throughout the world to sold-out audiences. This band has earned its place in history having recorded the very first jass recordings in 1917 and securing the word “jazz” as a musical genre. They were the very first to sell over a million recordings of a new American “pop” music for dancing which they held for over six years. From 1917 until 1938, the ODJB recorded over fifty-two (52!) records and continues today with over four more full albums under the direction of the original leader’s son, Jimmy LaRocca. In naming only a few, they have performed to sold-out venues in Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Scotland and Brazil. Today, a family tradition continues, honoring jazz heritage from the one and only crescent city, New Orleans, the Big Easy! Toe tapping, hand clapping, finger snapping, happy music, the ODJB carry on a famous sound that is nearing one hundred years of glorious, swingin’ music.