Dan Levinson's Roof Garden Jass Band | Salutes the ODJB and the Beginning of Recorded Jazz

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Salutes the ODJB and the Beginning of Recorded Jazz

by Dan Levinson's Roof Garden Jass Band

Authentic re-creations of the earliest jazz recordings made by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band between 1917 and 1921
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Livery Stable Blues
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2. Dixie Jass Band One-Step (Introducing That Teasin' Rag)
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3. I Lost My Heart in Dixieland
3:49 $0.99
4. Palesteena
2:53 $0.99
5. Hawaiian Butterfly (Introducing Rose Room)
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6. At the Jazz Band Ball
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7. Alice Blue Gown
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8. Swanee
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9. Sweet Mamma (Papa's Getting Mad) (Introducing Strut Miss Lizzie
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10. Ostrich Walk
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11. Home Again Blues (Introducing Lindy)
2:57 $0.99
12. Tell Me
3:50 $0.99
13. Oh By Jingo! (Introducing Everything Is Peaches Down in Georgia)
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14. Jazz Me Blues
2:59 $0.99
15. Clarinet Marmalade
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16. Satanic Blues
3:53 $0.99
17. The Sheik of Araby (Introducing Hindustan)
2:31 $0.99
18. Skeleton Jangle
2:48 $0.99
19. Rambling Blues
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20. Margie (Introducing Singin' the Blues)
3:14 $0.99
21. Tiger Rag
2:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 1987, Dan Levinson, then a senior at New York University, organized a five-piece band for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of recorded jazz. The phenomenal success of that event inspired a repeat performance across the continent in the Roof Garden of Los Angeles' famous Variety Arts Center, from which the band took its name. Since then, the Roof Garden Jass Band has performed for jazz societies throughout the Northeast, as well as at the Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke Festival in Wisconsin, the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival in California, the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Connecticut, and Dick Hyman's Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

The Roof Garden Jass Band is the only band in existence devoted exclusively to this neglected era in jazz history, a time of transition when jazz - or "jass," as it was originally known - still retained many elements of ragtime. In those evolutionary days, jazz bands played for dancers, and the music was almost entirely ensemble rather than a succession of instrumental solos.

"Dan Levinson's Roof Garden Jass Band Salutes the ODJB and the Beginning of Recorded Jazz" is the band's debut album, released in 1998. It consists of authentic re-creations of recordings made between 1917 and 1921 by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the first band to record jazz. In addition, Dan Levinson's group has included five "hypothetical" interpretations of numbers known to have been played by the ODJB but never recorded by them.

[PERFORMERS: Dan Levinson, Jon-Erik Kellso, David Sager, Tom Roberts, Kevin Dorn]



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Chrisr at CD Baby

The term “Jazz traditionalist” takes on a whole new meaning with this recording by Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band as they re-create the music made between 1917 and 1921 by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. These talented players (and careful scrutinizers) have successfully showcased the buoyancy and sophistication of post-Ragtime dance-ensemble music and presented it anew for our modern ears. Experience Jazz in its infancy without the hiss, crackle, and pop of fragile early recordings.