"Give each beat its full value" ~ 'Chubby' Jackson
This year we celebrate the 9 year anniversary of The Jazz Network Worldwide! I do hope that it is a work that has been looked at as my art and contribution to jazz and its forward movement. In dedication to my father "Chubby" Jackson, you won't find me stopping anytime soon for I'll continue to create with no negatives as my father would say.
I just integrated a new network under The Jazz Network Worldwide umbrella.
The Not Just Jazz Network, where we find the best of the best in all genres that integrates their artistry with jazz. There is much to do and create, so its presented with class, dignity and an innovative flare in keeping this art form moving forward.
I’m looking to open our horizons, be a place where festivals come to see what is new and exciting in the world of jazz and its booking capabilities. Its up to us to show the marketplace what a real jazz festival can be with talent that makes sense to be on a jazz stage. I’m all for variety music festivals, showcasing the various genres, but what I don’t stand for is other genres booked on these festivals that have nothing to do with jazz, singing their R&B hits from the 90’s. Wrong.
Only through my heritage do I get my fuel, I need for those of you from other genres that would like to be a part of this quest to join us in the 'great place to hang' and share who you are…let’s hear your musical integration of jazz your way!
That is my quest for 2017 and beyond so jazz festivals will consider just that, where it honors the artistry of all who improvise their hearts and were inspired by Jazz.
The Jazz Network Worldwide would like to thank Jamie Glaser
for creating the music for the NOT JUST JAZZ promo.
Featured this week on The Jazz Network Worldwide: The DUKES of Dixieland with their latest CD “Here Come The Girls” live at the French Quarter Festival 2017.
“Here Come The Girls” is a live recording performed Live at French Quarter Festival in 2017 at the new Jack Daniels Stage with a series of newly arranged songs from New Orleans legends such as The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.
“The DUKES of Dixieland are sure to bring their signature sound across to their audiences. The authentic New Orleans essence is all over “Here Come The Girls”. I’m sure the audience was rockin’ in their chairs and taking in the down home vibe of this signature band. It’s great to feature a band with such versatility yet stays close to their New Orleans roots”, says Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
The DUKES of Dixieland band members consist of Leader, Kevin Clark on trumpet, Ryan Burrage on clarinet, Alan Broome on bass, Joe Kennedy on piano, Wes Anderson, trombone and David Mahoney on drums.
“This project is another departure from our Trad jazz and New Orleans Rhythm & Blues legendary style. This album is more boogie woogie written in a style of New Orleans R&B”, says leader Kevin Clark
Producer John Shoup, re-formed the DUKES of Dixieland and opened their jazz club atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter, 43 years ago in 1974.
The DUKES have created a rigorous schedule throughout the years traveling overseas to perform at festivals and Performing Arts Centers in the USA. DUKES’ PLACE was always home to them until 1986 when they moved to a new venue on Bourbon Street called MAHOGANY HALL. Twenty-five years ago in 1992, they moved home base to the STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ, where they have performed 300 nights a year ever since.
As seasoned veterans of their craft this band has clocked over 30 concerts a year offering eight different themes from"Mardi Gras"; "Blues on the Bayou"; "Symphonic Jazz"; "Voodoo Revue"; "Celebrating Satchmo"; "New Orleans Jazz Legends" and "Back to Bourbon Street”. The symphonic jazz started in 1974 when the DUKES performed in Grant Park with the Chicago Pops Orchestra and has continued more recently when they performed 5 nights in Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. They are looking to continue to offer their artistry worldwide through all types of music festivals that would enjoy the variables of musicianship they offer for the 2018/2019 festival rosters worldwide.
Outside of their dixieland name, they play New Orleans music, from Dr. John, Fats Domino, Huey Smith and Louis Prima. With a repertoire of roughly 400 tunes, there is still room for their original compositions as the pre-eminent New Orleans band and New Orleans Ambassadors.
Keeping their momentum alive, they found time to record 30 albums, one being GLORYLAND, that was nominated for a Grammy in the Gospel category, produced 3 PBS television shows "New Orleans Pops"; "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton" and "Celebrating Satchmo" as well as streaming one show a week on the internet.
Be sure to visit their official site at DUKESOfDixieland
Chubby Jackson helped popularize the the 5-string C bass, was responsible for bringing be-bop jazz to schools all over the country, and also had the first American jazz band to tour Europe after WWII. He appeared in numerous movies and TV shows featuring the grand masters of Jazz.
Chubby performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gilllespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,Terry Gibbs, Ben Webster, Raymond Scott, Bill Harris, JJ Johnson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.