Friday June 22, 2018
Saturday June 23, 2018
For well over three decades, the Saints Dixieland Jazz Band has been an enthusiastic and highly successful musical organization. Since its auspicious beginnings in the garages and living rooms of Cedar Falls, Iowa, the band's talent and love of New Orleans Jazz have created the opportunity to delight audiences from county fairs to festivals and concert halls. Steeped in the history and culture of mainstream traditional Jazz, the Saints Dixieland Jazz Band features a variety of styles from classic Dixieland to blues and swing music. The band's repertoire of classic hits and arrangements of novelty songs from the twenties and thirties engages all age groups, and the infectious joy of Dixieland Jazz guarantees a swinging good time for all.
The Saints Dixieland Band was formed in 1973, and has been the host band of the Cedar Basin Jazz Festival in Cedar Falls, IA since its inception in 1978. In addition, the band has been featured at the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, the Good Times Jazz Festival, the Valley Junction Jazz in July Series, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Bluesmore Blues Music Festival in Cedar Rapids, the Elkhart (IN) Jazz Festival and the Lake Park Jazz Festival in Winona, MN. In 1988, the Saints appeared at the Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee in California, the world's largest and most prestigious traditional jazz festival. In 2003, the band was honored to open a concert appearance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band had a long run of performances at Bill's Drinking Establishment in Marion, as well as the Depot and the Olde Broom Factory in Cedar Falls.
Between festival and concert appearances, the Saints Dixieland Band stays sharp performing at nightclubs, private functions and casinos throughout eastern and central Iowa, including Bourbon Street in Cedar Falls and the Isle of Capri Casino in Waterloo.
The Saints Dixieland Band brings a deep understanding of the roots and traditions of Dixieland music to each performance, but what audiences take away is the band members' obvious love of playing the world's first truly American music - Jazz.