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The Dixieland Jazz Society of the Desert
P.O. Box 1000
Cathedral City, CA  92235
(760) 322-8750
Lola Rossi
(760) 322-8530
Johnny Meza
Festival Director
Bands scheduled to appear:
Barbary Coast Dixieland Band
Since 1967, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band has set thousands of toes tapping at major night clubs, the Minnesota State Fair, the Ordway Theatre, and over the airways of WCCO Radio. Scores of meetings, conventions and trade shows for most of the stat's corporations and visiting groups have enjoyed their shows. Barbary Coast has taken its jazz message far and wide—from the Mississippi paddlewheel boats to Nagasaki, Japan.
High Society Jazz Band
High Society consistently proves to be one of the most entertaining groups on the Dixieland Jazz festival circuit, and has become a favorite of an ever-growing number of traditional jazz fans. Formed in 1980, High Society has gained a widespread reputation as one of the best hard-driving, Chicago style jazz bands in the country.
Chicago Six
This popular band from Southern California first performed together at the "Belly Up Tavern" in Solano Beach, CA in 1981. Since then they have appeared throughout the USA and Canada plus Central America and the British Isles. They play a swinging mainstream Jazz with a touch of the Big Band sound. Members include leader and bassist Bob Finch, Dick Hamilton on trumpet, flute and alto sax, Lloyd Herbert on trombone, pianist Si Perkoff, Bob McKewen on tenor sax and clarinet with John Hall on the drums.
Royal Dixie Jazz Band
Fans will recognize most of the faces of the Royal Dixie Jazz Band because they were also part of the Kinda Dixie Jazz Band. The members consist of band leader and pianist Dan Ellis, frontman Steve Johnson on reeds, piano and vocals, Tom Ehlen on trumpet and vocals, Nate Kimball on trombone and vocals, Jeff Davis on bass and Paul Testa on the drums. They continue to delight audiences performing fulltime at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Titanic Jazz Band
Dan Comins and crew are here to show us a rollicking good time. As former members of the South Frisco Jazz Band they know what traditional Jazz is all about. Along with leader Comins on cornet the band features Mike Baird on clarinet and sax, Vince Saunders on banjo, pianist Robbie Rhodes, Keith Elliott on trombone, Ray Cadd on tuba and drummer Chris Tyle.
Yve Evans and Company
Evans' band (she calls it her Company) is comprised of some of the industry's most accomplished musicians. Each performance shows a dedication to the tradition and understanding of Jazz and it's timeless repertoire. The goal is sharing the sheer joy and freedom that her music brings, or at the very least taking the audience on a musical roller coaster ride with Yve at the helm.
Night Blooming Jazzmen
The Night Blooming Jazzmen is a traditional, or dixieland band, formed in October 1975. Since then, they have played thousands of concerts, church services, funerals, house parties, grand openings, jazz clubs, wedding receptions, dances, etc .. AND several dozen cruises and land trips to China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Amazon, the Mediterranean, and many other parts of Europe.
High Sierra Jazz Band
The High Sierra Jazz Band was formed in 1976 in a small town, Three Rivers, located in Central California at the entrance to the Sequoia National Park. The band has seen only a few changes in its long history. Of the original six members, four: Charlie Castro, Bruce and Stan Huddleston and Earl McKee, are still active members.
Coyote Hills Jazz Band
The Coyote Hills Jazz Band is composed of seven experienced and versatile musicians, many of whom are former band leaders. They perform the music they enjoy most -- traditional Dixieland jazz, blues and more from the early 1900s. The band features a lovely female vocalist who thrills audiences with the songs of Bessie Smith and Sophie Tucker. Their active following has grown steadily and dancers, listeners, and other musicians love their high-spirited sound and contagious good time.
Prime Time Jazz Band
More info to come soon.
Hot Sand Stompers
More info to come soon.