The Traditional Ragtime And Dixieland Jazz Appreciation & Strutters Society (or T.R.A.D. J.A.S.S.) was formed in 1985 to preserve, perpetuate and promote live performance of America’s classic early jazz and ragtime music. The Society presents live Dixieland jazz on the first Sunday afternoon of every month at the Santa Rosa Moose Lodge . A different headliner band is showcased each month, along with as many as six informal jam sessions that feature local musicians.
This is the music of old New Orleans, from the days of Storyville, the hot dance music of the Roaring 20's, of ragtime and blues, the works of giants like Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton and Bay Area legends such as Lu Watters and Turk Murphy. Listeners and dancers alike will find something to delight their musical senses at every meeting (event). Classic dance steps like the Lindy, Balboa and Charleston come alive again at T.R.A.D. J.A.S.S. events. Listeners and dancers of all ages feel right at home.
So if you like the toe-tapping, upbeat and happy sounds of this uniquely American music, then T.R.A.D. J.A.S.S. is the place for you! Strutters are welcome!
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The Gold Coast Jazz Band turns the musical clock back to the first thirty years of the 20th century, when the Golden Age of American Popular Song met the Jazz Age. It’s music from ragtime to swing, tunes by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis and Lil Hardin Armstrong, Kid Ory, Joe “King” Oliver, Bix Beiderbecke, a young Duke Ellington and Benny Moten, and the great songwriters of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Since its formation by the late Phil and Jan Stiers in 1993, the Gold Coast Jazz Band has presented this uniquely American music with a hot n’ happy energy and style guaranteed to put a smile on your face, set your toes to tapping and feet to dancing. Phil used to say “the band’s followers have ‘Gold Coast-itis’, a condition thought by some to be incurable, whose symptoms are an uncontrollable urge to dance and smile a lot.” Now in it’s 26th year, Gold Coast music is just as infectious as ever. On hand to play for TRAD JASS on June 2 will be Ed Foster, filling in for Ray Walker, on reeds, joining our regulars: Mark Lightner, trumpet; Bill Badstubner, trombone; Candy Woodworth, tuba; Steven Radice, banjo & guitar; Peter Martin, piano; and Zane Woodworth, percussion & vocals.