[Dixielandjazz] Fw: Upcoming German festival!

Ronald Gable vilcad at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 27 01:51:30 PDT 2003

Hello listmates,

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Michael Evans 
To: Ronald Gable 
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2003 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: Upcoming German festival!

Ron -- Thanks for the nice piece on the THJB trip to Dresden.  The trip has blossomed into something special.  Here is a general news release given to the Columbus papers in case you want to extract anything.


The Toll House Jazz Band, a Dixieland group from Columbus, will represent the USA at the 33d International Dixieland Festival to be held in Dresden, Germany on May 8 -11, 2003.  The festival is the largest Dixieland Festival in the world, attracting over 750,000 people from around the world to the sister city of Columbus.  Over 30 bands from around the world will participate, with the Toll House Jazz Band being the only representative from the U.S.


The event is of particular significance this year because of the devastating floods that struck Dresden during the fall of 2002.  It is a tribute to the resilience of the citizens of Dresden that they continue this jazz tradition in spite of the damage caused by the flood.  As a token of friendship between the two sister cities, the Toll House Jazz Band plans to present a gift to Ingolf Roßberg, the major of Dresden from Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus.  The gift will be presented by Michael Evans, the leader of the Toll House Jazz Band.  Evans, Professor Emeritus of biology at Ohio State University, speaks fluent German.


The Toll House Jazz Band will be accompanied by a large contingent of fans from in and around Columbus with over 30 people making the trip.  Band members include:  Michael Evans (leader and banjoist), Richard Burkart (trumpet), Gordon Moore (trombone), Phil Stone (tuba), David Pfeiffer (clarinet), Tom George (drums), and Larry Nusser (piano).  In addition to performances at the festival in Dresden, the Toll House Jazz Band will present a jazz tribute to the famous U.S. jazz cornetist, Bix Beiderbecke.  Beiderbecke, of German descent, would have been 100 years old this year.  He is considered one of the greatest jazz cornetists ever, perhaps second only to Louis Armstrong.  The jazz tribute will take place in the Gewandhaus, a concert hall in Leipzig, Germany.  The Gewandhaus is the German equivalent of our Carnegie Hall.  Richard Burkart, the band's trumpet player, is Professor Emeritus of music at Ohio State University and a world-renowned classical musician.  During the visit to Leipzig he will present a classical concert in addition to the band's jazz performance.  The band will also perform at the Kosmos Jazz Club in Leipzig.   In addition to these activities, the band will perform at jazz venues in Regensburg and in Munich.  This will be the third trip to Europe for the Toll House Jazz Band.  Locally, the band can be heard at Ashley's Lounge at the Holiday Inn on Lane Avenue on the first and third Tuesday of every month, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


For more information contact Mike Evans:

614 792-6861

614 792-6863 (FAX)

mevans49 at columbus.rr.com


Relevant web sites

www.thjb.org   (Toll House Jazz Band web site)

http://www.dixieland.de/   (web site for the Dresden Jazz Festival)


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