The “Concerts at Jewett” series, sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College, will feature the State Street Traditional Jazz Band in concert on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Jewett Hall Auditorium.
Every member of this band has a passion to play and preserve Traditional New Orleans Jazz. By capturing the original “Preservation Hall Jazz Band” era of music, John Page, founder and band leader, has brought his love of traditional New Orleans Jazz to the forefront of the music scene since 1987. He has spent most of his musical pursuit studying, playing and working with the most influential New Orleans musicians of his generation.
The State Street Traditional Jazz Band pays homage to music born over 100 years past, to its authentic origins at the turn of the 20th century. These enchanting sounds were heard then in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana Delta region. However, following WWI, jazz moved north out of New Orleans, and in the course of the move, it began to change. Yet, many musical greats kept it alive, such as the Original Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, “Kid” Thomas Valentine, Sweet Emma Barrette, and the Humphrey Brothers, among others.
Sadly, today those music legends have passed, but the State Street Traditional Jazz Band is dedicated to playing, preserving and keeping this music alive.
The members of the band are John Page on Trumpet, Peter Dunphy, Banjo, Bill Thurston on Drums, Barry Daniels, Clarinet, Doug Protsik on Piano, Tom Wilbur, Tuba, and Parker Kenyon, Trombone.