Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band plays the Annual Garden Concert for Pro Musica

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By Mittie Roger

Pro Musica welcomes you to its annual Garden Concert; it’s the party of the year!

Hosted in the magical gardens of a private home in Guadiana with covered seating, literally thousands of scrumptious hors-d’oeuvres will accompany bottomless champagne and the energetic sounds of the six-piece Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band, flown in from the South, bringing with them all the joy of New Orleans—with songs by composers from jazz’s golden age such as Jelly Roll Morton and Hoagy Carmichael and lively crowd favorites like “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Clementine from New Orleans,” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.” Don’t miss this unique event on March 18 at 4pm.

Based in Georgia, the Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band has performed throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, though the South is home to their musical inspiration. Hotlanta’s instrumentation is traditional for a jazz sextet, including clarinet, cornet, trombone, banjo/vocals, tuba, and drums. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has said, “Jazz fans are passionate over Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz when they show off their revved-up renditions of everything from prewar New Orleans chestnuts to postwar Duke Ellington standards.”

Jazz composers were not just narrowly confined to their idiom, For example, the popular foxtrot, “Clementine from New Orleans,” was written by Harry Warren, a prolific songsmith of over 800 tunes for film. The first composer to do so, he wrote for Vitagraph, Warner Brothers, MGM, and Paramount, receiving eleven Academy Award nominations for Best Song, and winning three Oscars. Best remembered of his work is Irving Berlin’s first major hit, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” written in 1911.

Interestingly, this crowd favorite is surrounded by controversy: it was composed for a popular all-white, ragtime jazz band, though the lyrics are written in African-American slang!

Despite the racial tensions of the era, it’s interesting to note the fluid, creative camaraderie that surrounded the golden age of jazz. Hoagy Carmichael, one of the stars of this epoch, regularly collaborated with Iowan cornetist Bix Biederbeck and trumpetist Louis Armstrong. His song, “New Orleans” featured in the concert, is now considered a jazz standard, along with several other of his compositions, like “Stardust” and “Georgia on My Mind.”

Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, better known as Jelly Roll Morton, was a maven of the jazz world, connecting ragtime and jazz. Our concert will feature Morton’s song, “Winnin’ Boy Blues,” written in 1938.

After a long first interval, when the champagne will flow and the canapes will be devoured, we return for the second half of the program, which will be entirely chosen by the audience from a list of over 100 jazz standards listed in the program.

Tickets for the concert are 550 pesos donation each, including champagne and canapes, and are on sale through our website (with no booking fees), at Solutions on Recreo 11, the Bookshop in the Biblioteca, La Conexión (only at Aldama 3), and at the concert venue, calle Potranca 15, Col. Guadiana, 45 minutes before performance time.

Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and events and Patron Membership are on our website: promusicasma.org. Contact us at promusicasma@aol.com

 

Pro Musica Concert Series presents

Garden Concert, Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band

Sun, Mar 18, 4pm

Calle Potranca 15

550 pesos all seats

promusicasma.org

promusicasma@aol.com

 

 

 

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