Dixieland Hall Presents
George Lewis
and His New Orleans Jazz Band
(Nobility 710)

On April 24, 1965, Al Clark threw open the doors of Dixieland Hall to all passersby with the invitation to come inside and witness a live recording session. This was something unique for the tourists, but it was a special treat for jazz enthusiasts. That night, the great jazz veteran George Lewis was at his very best, especially when he played his own “Burgundy Street,” named by his wife, and composed in a St. Phillip Street kitchen.

Musically complex and creative, George was a traditional, dedicated New Orleans musician, playing through good times and bad, scraping for a living through odd jobs when engagements were sparse, successfully touring the continent, coming back to New Orleans to scrape again, but never succumbing to  play “popular“ music  just for the money. As Lewis himself said:

“This is my home and my music.  If I played any other way, it wouldn’t be truthful, and it wouldn’t be me.”

The diminutive clarinetist was never more creative than on this set.

George often said that he should pick his own side men and try to give younger musicians a chance. Youngster Jack Willis plays trumpet with surprising drive. White-haired trombonist Louis Nelson just gets more active with time. Dave Oxley, the drummer, is no showboat; his timekeeping is traditional, functional. Placide Adams, another younger man, is at home on bass, banjo, or drums, and can replace the drummer without missing a beat! Charley Hamilton is a New Orleans favorite on the piano. All together, astonishing.
The Music
1. Gettysburg March
2. Canal Street Blues (Click to Listen)
3. Perdido
4. Memphis Blues
5. Burgundy Street Blues
6. Bugle Boy March
7. Alexander’s Ragtime
8. Over the Waves
9. Redwing
Price: $17.99
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