John Zawislak, Steve Shaw, Bill Dube Chris
Wadsworth, Bill Kiesewetter, Dale Ellenberg, Paul Peterson, Alan
Shapiro, Rick Foster
(Front Row) Dolly Fruzzetti,
Dixie Diehards honored Ray Coniff
at a public concert on Sunday July 21st
Details are here
What a great job you did
last night! Everyone thought your band was terrific and that you
made the evening the success it was. Your music was great -
someone said to me they wished they could freeze the moment
because we could never duplicate the really fun atmosphere that
was going on all around us.
I can't thank you and all the members of the band enough for
making this party one that will be remembered by our group for a
long, long time.
CONCH ( Continuing On New Comers of Chatham & Harwich )
Read what the Mashpee Senior
Center said recently.
Welcome back on Trombone -
(Filling in for
"My thanks to the Dixie Diehards for a
wonderful concert. You made
our day, our week, our month! I can't tell you what a good mood
The Dixie Diehards have eloquently
enhanced both our Easter and Mother's Day Brunch. I would
recommend them to any establishment looking for that special
something to enhance their function."
Angelo Diniz, Director of Food and Beverage, Taunton Holiday Inn
trombone player Jim Kelleher as the driving force and prime
Dixie Diehards Dixieland Band
was formed in August, 2006 by a group of traditional jazz and Dixieland music
enthusiasts whose members include a medical doctor, medical researcher,
businessmen and an investigative news reporter.
The Diehards title derives from members’ long-running devotion to traditional
jazz music in the style of early 20th century exemplified by such New
Orleans bands as the Original Dixieland Jass Band and Louis Armstrong’s
All-Stars as well as Chicago area musicians like Muggsy Spanier and Jimmy
“Dixieland” refers to a form of small group jazz which typically
includes a trumpet, a clarinet and a trombone and often a tuba
combined with a rhythm section that may include a banjo,
percussion or bass player as well as a piano. In most
arrangements, the trumpet plays the melody while other elements
freely improvise around it or paraphrase the melody in creative
Diehards have won an enthusiastic reception across southern New
England, not only for their old school jazz style, but for
bringing an irrepressible sense of fun and frolic to their
shows. That attitude almost always includes audience sing-a-longs,
spontaneous dance outbursts (remember the Charleston and the
Black Bottom?) and a spirit of “wonderful nonsense” inspired by
the early 20th Century which gave them their music.
melodies that vary from rollicking numbers like “Hello Dolly,”
“Doctor Jazz” and “Bill Bailey” to soulful
renditions of “Basin Street Blues” and “Georgia On My
Mind,” The Dixie Diehards are a throwback to the good times
from an indelible era in American history.