[Dixielandjazz] Concert Reminder
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Sat May 17 11:21:26 PDT 2003
CONCERT REMINDER... The Cakewalkin' Jass Band from Toledo, Ohio will perform
their fun brand of entertaining traditional dixieland jazz THIS SATURDAY -
MAY 24, 2003 at the next Good Times Jazz Concerts Series Concert!
This is a rare opportunity for jazz fans of all ages to experience a great
jazz band in a unique jazz-fan friendly environment.
$15 General Admission tickets are still available for this Good Times Jazz
Concerts Series concert, which will be held at the Adventureland Inn &
Resort (Highway 65 and I-80) in Altoona/Des Moines, Iowa. CWB's Ragtime
Rick will play in Adventureland Inn's Garden Restaurant for a pre-show
ragtime concert starting at 5:30 pm. For dinner reservations, call
The concert will start at 7:00 pm in Adventureland Inn's Ballroom.
Concert Tickets are available by calling (515) 251-7602 or (515) 265-7321,
ext. 360 (credit cards accepted at this number). A dance floor will be
available and there will be a cash bar
during the concert.
Central Iowans can receive Good Times Jazz Concerts Series updates on Jim
Bowermaster's "The Jazz Man Show", heard on 1350 AM KRNT Saturday mornings
after the news at 8:00 a.m.
Stay the night! Adventureland Inn is offering a special "Jazz Rate" to
anyone wanting to spend the night (subject to availability). It truly is a
resort location right here in central Iowa! Call (515) 251-7602 for
ABOUT THE BAND:
The Cakewalkin' Jass Band (CJB) was organized in December of 1967. After
playing three short night club jobs and one wedding, the band opened at Tony
Packo's Cafe on Wednesday, July 3, 1968. Eleven and one-half years later,
the CJB was still packing them in every Friday and Saturday night at the
Hungarian-style restaurant. Tony Packo's was mentioned many times in the
hit TV show MASH by Klinger.
On Friday, May 9, 1980, the CJB began a new era in Toledo by opening at
Lulu's Storyville Saloon in Olde Towne at Southwyck Mall. Expanding to four
nights (Wednesday through Saturday) the band played in a total New Orleans
setting especially created for them - including three authentic Creole
Accommodating the will of the people of Toledo, the band returned to a newly
remodeled Tony Packo's on Friday, August 21, 1981. A larger room was added
to accommodate the large crowds.
Starting out as a four piece group with banjo, drums, piano and clarinet,
the band expanded after beginning at Packo's to include cornet, trombone,
tuba or string bass, and vocalist. The current band is the eight piece
arrangement of banjo, string bass, piano, cornet, clarinet, drums,
trombone, and vocalist.
The band now plays every Friday and Saturday at Toledo's Ragtime Rick's
First Draught, which is owned by band's pianist and banjoist.
CJB's popularity continues to be as strong as ever and they play at least
one extra night a week, in addition to the regular gig, playing out in the
community for weddings, festivals, and all types of parties. The band has
one the Lake Erie West People's Choice Award for jazz twice out of its four
The band has been invited to perform at numerous jazz societies and
festivals throughout the United States and has played an unprecedented 17
times at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, IA.
Many central Iowans will remember the CJB's fabulous performances at the
Greater Des Moines Good Times Jazz Festival in 1996, 1997 and 1999.
The band has recorded seven albums on the Spittune Records label. Their
latest CD/cassette, "Our Latest Hot Selling Album" was recorded in 1996 and
features band leader Ray Heitger's two kids Duke on trumpet and Nicole on
vocals. Someone once said, "The best thing Ray Heitger can do for
traditional jazz is to keep having kids!"
Several articles about the band have appeared in the Toledo Blade, the
Jazzologist, the Classic Rag, and the Mississippi Rag newspaper. Seven TV
specials produced for public TV in Grand Rapids, MI,; Toledo, OH,; and
Davenport, IA have featured the Cakewalkin' Jass Band.
With all this and an authentic New Orleans-style repertoire now at over 470
tunes, the Cakewalkin' Jass Band has a bright active future. The band's
love of the music and of bringing happiness to an audience is infectious -
as the thousands upon thousands of people who have seen and heard the band
will attest to.
"It's (CJB) one of the Toledo area's best known attractions for curious
tourists and knowledgeable jazz gourmets."
- Bob Byler, journalist
"Whether the appeal is to fellow musicians wanting to join in the fun or to
ecstatic listeners, the Cakewalkin' Jass Band has a magnetism that both
derives from and also transcends the appeal of traditional jazz."
- The Mississippi Rag
"Two other bands impressed me, especially with a directness of attack...from
Toledo, Ohio, the Cakewalkin' Jass Band."
- Ray Coleman, editor of England's Melody Maker
"...the Cakewalkers have ensemble strength...The effect is impressive."
- The West Coast Rag
Ray Heitger, Leader/clarinet/soprano saxophone and vocals
Frank Ward, Cornet/vocals
Russ Damschroder, Trombone
Betsy Grafing, Banjo
Jim Fagnano, Drums
Rick Grafing, Piano
Bob Miller, String bass
Nicole Heitger, Vocals
[NOTE: Jass is the original spelling of Jazz]
The Good Times Jazz Concerts Series is produced by Bowermaster Group in
order to promote, present and perpetuate America's original art form, jazz
(with an emphasis on traditional dixieland).
Other scheduled concerts include:
July 31, 2003 - The New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra (from Sydney, Australia)
October 9, 2003 - The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band (from Minneapolis,
February 14, 2004 - The New Red Onion Jazz Babies (from Kansas City,
Piano great Butch Thompson will perform on a date to be determined during
the second quarter of 2004.
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