Peter Gerler Presents Dixieland: Roots to Rebirth

Dixieland began as just music on the dirt streets of New Orleans.  It was a confluence of many styles: brass band marches, work songs, popular melodies, dance tunes, street corner blues—even opera. When ragtime appeared, so did syncopation: the rhythm became “ragged.” That was a century ago, and today this fundamental American music has re-emerged in force. This one-hour talk starts with the very first jazz recording (1917), by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, then moves through the great early jazz masters—Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Earl Hines, Eddie Condon—then to the present day with players like Woody Allen, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and others.

Location: Hatches Harbor Room

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