[Dixielandjazz] Interesting promo piece

Steve Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Sat Oct 14 07:06:25 PDT 2006

Posted without comment except that they seem to roll up the sidewalks in
Medford early on Saturday nights. :-) VBG. (see paragraph 9)

As contrasted with Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel which starts at 9 PM
every night, ends at 1:30 AM and is followed by a monster jam session which
runs from 2 AM to 6 AM.

Steve Barbone

>From The MAIL TRIBUNE - (Southern Oregon)
Get ready for a jazz extravaganza

The Medford Jazz Jubilee features live traditional jazz, zydeco, blues,
Dixieland, swing and gospel by national and regional bands

Say "Jazz Jubilee" and people automatically think Dixieland. Not that
there's anything wrong with that. But what Dennis Ramsden would like people
to know is that Dixieland is just one part of Medford's annual music party
for itself. "I used to think that myself," says Ramsden, who is handling the
marketing for the event. In fact, when the three-day extravaganza gets under
way Friday, Oct. 13, look for a wide variety of swing, zydeco, gospel, blues
and more.

Even the names of the bands suggest the array of music on tap, as in Cornet
Chop Suey, the Dixie Fat Cats, Blue Street or Igor's Jazz Cowboys. Or
sometimes not, as in Wally's Warehouse Waifs (ragtime to swing), New
Reformation (classic Dixieland), Queen City (Dixieland). And if the Dixie
Fat Cats do indeed play just what the name suggests, Igor's Jazz Cowboys
play western swing (imagine Duke Ellington meeting the Sons of the
Pioneers), and Cornet Chop Suey is a traditional jazz band that plays a
repertoire ranging from the rags of 100 years ago to '30s swing and modern
jump tunes.

Tickets are $60 for a three-day pass, $25 for Friday only, $40 Saturday
only, $25 Saturday evening only, $25 for Sunday. Anybody under 18 gets the
entire weekend for $10.

Whatever your taste in traditional, jazz-based music, it shouldn't be hard
to find. Events are centered in Medford's downtown core with the exception
of the shows at Ramada Medford (formerly the Reston), at 2300 Crater Lake
Highway. And a trolley runs between there and downtown constantly. Other
venues include the ballrooms at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave.;
KOBI-TV's Studio C, 124 S. Fir St.; the Medford Elks Lodge, 202 N. Central
Ave.; the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central Ave. and Vogel
Plaza at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue.

In all, there will be more than 150 hours of music from 18 bands. It all
begins with a kickoff ceremony at noon Friday at Vogel Plaza with Wally's
Warehouse Waifs. Things crank up a notch at 12:30 p.m. with bands at three
other venues, and they hit full swing that afternoon with all venues getting
in the live music act. The Red Lion Ballroom, Ramada and the Elks will be
jumping until midnight.

For those who can't wait for their jazz fix, a jazz breakfast with the
Oregon Coast Lab Band will be designed to get the blood pumping at 8 a.m.
Saturday at KOBI's Studio C.

Can't dance? Check out free lessons with the folks from Follow My Lead Dance
Studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Everything figures to jump until about 11 Saturday night except for the
Plaza and the Craterian, where the Titan Hot Seven are expected to wind up
their show around 9:30.

Vogel Plaza will be a youth venue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with
students from area middle and high schools playing 20-minute sets mixed in
between the pros. It's free.

Look for a champagne breakfast at 8:30 Sunday morning at the Elks, along
with gospel shows at that hour at the Red Lion Ballroom and Ramada. Beth
Baker's popular gospel show is set for 10 a.m. at the Craterian. Big Sunday
finales are slated for 2:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Ballroom and Ramada.

There's lots more, of course. Like the fifth annual golf tournament at
Stewart Meadows and Quail Point, which will be history by the time the first
notes sound this weekend. And like the educational programs during the week
with Wally's Warehouse Waifs and the Dixie Fat Cats in area grade and middle
schools ranging as far as Prospect.

And speaking of kids, a portion of the proceeds goes to buy new band
instruments for Medford schools (more than $112,000 raised so far since the
inception of the program).

Just remember, it takes lots of different kinds of music to make a jazz
jubilee. "Please," Ramsden pleads, "don't think it's just Dixieland."
Not that there's anything wrong with that.

National bands performing at the Medford Jazz Jubilee include Brady McKay
from Sacramento, Calif.; The Mighty Aphrodite Jazz Band from Vancouver,
B.C.; Gator Beat from Sonoma, Calif.; Queen City Jazz Band from Littleton,
Colo.; River City Pubcrawlers from Sacramento; Blue Street Jazz Band from
Fresno, Calif.; Titan Hot Seven from Nashville, Tenn.; Wally's Warehouse
Waifs from Otisville, Mich.; Igor's Jazz Cowboys from Tempe, Ariz.; Cornet
Chop Suey from St. Louis; and New Reformation from Saginaw, Mich.

Local and regional bands appearing at the festival include the Dixie Fat
Cats; Larry Bernard and The Journey's End Jazz Band, Leslie Kendall and the
Jump Daddies, Beth Baker and A Little Good News, Club 7 from Eugene, Oregon
Jazz Band from Coos Bay and the Oregon Coast Lab Band from North Bend.
Call 770-6972 or see www.medfordjazz.org for tickets, a concert schedule, a
map of the venues, links to accommodations and other information.
Reach reporter Bill Varble at 776-4478 or bvarble at mailtribune.com.

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