The essence of New Orleans jazz. This band introduced a new music to the world in 1917 and dominated the recording market for over six years... unheard of in any recorded music genre to date.
Current band is lead by Jimmy LaRocca; musical director, trumpet and vocals performing the music of the ODJB and his own original compositions.
First called the Original Dixieland "Jass" Band in 1916/1917 and known as the ODJB. By the end of 1917, jass was replaced with the first introduction of jazz in recorded music and to the world.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded all of the most popular and influential "Jazz" recordings from 1917 until April 1923. In August 1922 the New Orleans Rhythm Kings had hit recordings and in April 1923 King Oliver began his huge success. For over six years the ODJB recordings were heard around the world and hundreds, if not thousands, of future jazz musicians were influenced by their unique sound and original compositions.
Jimmy LaRocca has an amazing understanding of the musical style and history of this great music.
The music of the ODJB is feel good, toe tapping, happy music.
Jazz is America's music. Where it came from and where it is going is an amazing journey. The ODJB is a pinnacle, key point ensemble in the history of jazz and American music.
Here is a general listing of our out of town performances, tours and travels:
2014, (March) Palm Beach, Florida
2013, (February) Palm Beach, Florida
2012, (February) Palm Beach, Florida
2011, (August 18/19) Trapani, Sicily (Italy) Sicilian Festival of Traditional Jazz and Swing (guest artists)
2011, (March) Palm Beach, Florida
2011 (February 11) Pinehurst, North Carolina, Heart N’ Soul of Jazz Festival
2010, (February) Palm Beach, Florida
2009, (June 23 and 24) Rimini, Jazz Festival, Italy (guest artists)
2009, (February) Palm Beach, Florida
2008, (August 16) Salaparuta, Sicily (Italy) (guest artists)
2008, (February) Palm Beach, Florida
2007, (June) Northern Italy Performances:
2007, June 18 - Ferrarra, Italy VenetoJazz - Information on Ferrarra
2007, June 17 - Verona Jazz Festival, Verona Italy Information
2006, December 9 - Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts - Michigan Tech University - (www.mtu.edu)
2006, May 2 and 3 - Schützenhaus Albisgütli Zurich - 18th International Dixie and Blues Festival Zurich, Switzerland
2005, December 17 - Arts Harmony Hall - Ft. Washington, MD
2004, July and August European Summer Tour, Ireland and Scotland
Cork Opera House, Half Moon Theatre, 9pm, Wednesday July 28th
Belfast Waterfront Hall, 8pm, July 29th
Dublin - Vicar Street, 8pm, Friday July 30th
Dublin - (Private Event), Saturday, July 31st
Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Jazz Festival, The Hub, Castlehill, Sunday, August 1st
2002, Saturday, August 3 - Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
2002, Sunday, August 4 - MusikFest - Bethlehem, PA
2002, April - Pensacola Jazz Festival
2001, May 2 - New Orleans Jazz Club at Storyville District.
2000, December 14 and 15 - Memorial da America Latina, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Louis Armstrong Centennial Concert
2000, August - The Nick LaRocca Tribute Festival in Partanna, Italy. Tributo A Nick La Rocca - I concerti si terrano nel Castello di Partanna (guest artists)
1999, July - Storyville Happy Jazz Club, Helsinki, Finland
1999, June and July - Imatra Big Band Festival, Imatra, Finland
1999, June - Sandviken Big Band Bang Jazz Festival, Sweden
1998, November - Yokosuka, Japan