Exploration of Early Jazz with The MSO Dixieland All-Stars at the Besse Center

Courtesy photo 2017 marks 100 years of recorded jazz!

ESCANABA — The Marquette Symphony Orchestra Series is returning on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Besse Center Theater at Bay College with Exploration of Early Jazz with the MSO Dixieland All-Stars.

This year marks 100 years of recorded jazz, beginning with the classic recordings made by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917, and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Dixieland All-Stars are ready to celebrate. This concert will feature classic repertoire as recorded by some of the most important early jazz ensembles, including The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, and Louis Armstrong’s Hot 5. Dr. Mark Flaherty, Professor of Music at Northern MIchigan University, will explain the origins of this great American art form and describe the basic characteristics of this music during the 1920s through the Jazz Age.

Performers will include: Mark Flaherty – cornet/trumpet, Mina Stumpfoll – soprano sax, Gordon Erickson – trombone, Zach Ott – piano/guitar, Tom Bronken – bass/tuba, and James A. Strain – drums. Repertoire will be selected from the following: “The Jazz-Me Blues” – Tom Delaney, “Basin Street Blues” – Spencer Williams, “Dill Pickles Rag” – Charles L. Johnson, “Perdido Street Blues” – Lil Armstrong, “Down By the Riverside” – Traditional, “Livery Stable Blues” – Ray Lopez & Alcide Nunez, “Tin Roof Blues” – New Orleans Rhythm Kings, “Muskrat Ramble” – Kid Ory, “Wolverine Blues” – Jelly Roll Morton, “Black Bottom Stomp” – Jelly Roll Morton, “Big Butter and Egg Man” – Percy Venable, “Tiger Rag” (Hold That Tiger) – D.J. LaRocca, and “When the Saints Go Marching In” – Traditional.

Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at www.baycollege.edu/tickets Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Box office and doors open at 7 p.m. on day of performance. The cost is $10 for general admission and $5 for students, faculty, and staff.