Dixieland, Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Swing
Music for Listening and Dancing
The Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet Plus is a combo playing in the club venue of the 20s, 30s and 40s. It faithfully reproduces this music with top local jazz musicians and has been playing continuously since 1983. The basic quartet is made up of clarinet, bass, piano and drums. When a piano is unavailable, the quartet substitutes a rhythm guitar. We often play with five or more musicians (as pictured above), particularly when playing Dixieland, hence the plus in the name of the band. The musicians rely heavily on their improvisation skills, and the band has a very large book of old standards, traditional Dixieland and Swing Era tunes. The music of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller are centerpieces of the combo's repertoire along with the Great American song books. We are celebrating our 39th year as a regularly playing band providing music for wedding receptions and private parties.
The Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet Plus also plays a variety of Dixieland Jazz gospel type tunes for various occasions such as New Orleans Style Jazz funerals, jazz at Vespers, Good Friday, and similar type services and worship rites, as well as gospel concerts. The venues are generally structured to begin with slow tempos and then gradually pick up the tempo to begin celebrating the good news.
We can work closely with planners to smoothly integrate the music with the theme of the occasion.