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Don Rouse

Judging by the full house and audience enthusiasm, the Jubilee in February was an immense success. The Federal Focus Jazz Band opened with nicely and tightly executed trad jazz arrangements, warmly appreciated by the audience, as were all the musicians, including 13 year old pianist Adam Yarian. Fed Focus gave way to Frank Wiedefeld’s Paramount Jazz Orchestra (see the April Tailgate) which laid down compelling hot renditions of late 20’s, early 30’s arrangements, with pianist Mark Kotishion setting the mood and the pace. Brooks Tegler and his group (which includes tenor man Al Seibert, whom I last remember hearing when he played with John Eaton at the Mayfair, Café of All Nations, I think in the late 50’s or early 60’s), engaged in some serious swing, with Brooks’ solid drum solos very much in evidence. The Dixie Power Trio stunned the audience by metamorphosing into the Dixie Power Brass Band (with no less than 9 musicians on the stand), expertly rendering the New Orleans brass band music of today (which is to rend asunder under the spell of that great New Orleans rhythm). They were justifiably a hit. Further big hits-the Federal Jazz Commission and the Buck Creek Jazz Band. Both the Feds and Buck Creek announced their brand new CD’s, and then immediately demonstrated to the audience in no uncertain terms why it should go out and buy them. For the many folks who attended, to finish off with hot trad from these bands was to end the affair on just the right note. -Ed.
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