Downtown Dixieland Band formed in 2007. Played its first public gig in Boston during that year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Band formed along the traditional 7-piece Dixieland band lineup: 4 Horns [Trumpet, Clarinet, Trombone/Euphonium, Tenor Saxophone], Guitar/Banjo, Bass, Drums
Downtown Dixieland band plays the original arrangements of well-known and not-so-well-known standards from the traditional jazz repertoire of the 1920s straight through to the advent of the Big Band sound of the 1950s. The Band’s own repertoire – which is continually expanding – stands currently at 175 tunes [e.g. Down by the Riverside, Creole Jazz, Trouble in Mind, Tin Roof Blues, Bourbon St. Parade, When the Saints, High Society, On the Sunny Side of the Street…]
Dixieland Jazz (aka Tradjazz, New Orleans Jazz) is a very rhythmic, uplifting type of music which was the precursor of ‘swing’ music. The Downtown Dixieland band continues this tradition of playing ‘feel-good’ music that always gets the punters tapping their feet or singing/dancing along to the infectious beat.
To date the Band has limited its playing to Jazz Festivals (e.g. Cork Jazz Festival, Doonbeg Jazz Festival – where it was voted band of the festival on three occasions), and both private and corporate functions, such as Wedding Anniversaries, Birthdays, Press Receptions, Book Launches etc.
In the past year, the Band has widened its ‘playing out’ area to include pubs, hotels, street recitals and arrival receptions at weddings.
Downtown Dixieland Band is also called upon regularly to perform at charitable functions and fundraising events in Limerick City and its environs.