Original Dixieland Jazz Band
In 1917, under the leadership of Nick LaRocca, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recording. This first and the many to follow were instant sensations that were inspirational and influential beyond imagination. The success of their recordings was immense and musicians worldwide changed instrumentation to emulate the sound and style they made famous. From 1917 to 1936 they recorded fifty-two 78s that are still sold today on various CD compilations.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band is back in full swing under the direction of the original leader’s son, Jimmy LaRocca, on trumpet and vocals, with a fine ensemble of New Orleans musicians. They have performed concerts and jazz festivals worldwide and have two nationally-selling CDs on the Louisiana Red Hot Records label. LaRocca and the band are dedicated to jazz education through clinics, lectures and workshops.
The band’s repertoire includes selections such as “Dixie Jazz Band One-Step,” “Livery Stable Blues,” “Fidgety Feet,” “Clarinet Marmalade,” “Tiger Rag,” “St. Louis Blues,” “St. James Infirmary,” “Bourbon Street Parade,” and many other great New Orleans classics.