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In 1860, the Citizens State Bank in the French Quarter of New Orleans issued private currency. The $10 note which was inscribed "dix"
became known as a "dixie" by English-speaking Southerners. The eleven Southern States that seceded between 1861 and 1865 to
form the Confederate States of America became known as Dixieland.
The New Orleans drummer "Papa" Jack Laine became a bandleader in 1891, specialising in French and German marching music and
then converting largely to ragtime. An apprentice of "Papa", Nick La Rocca, went on to form the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1916,
incorporating the sound and much of the repertoire of "Papa"s bands. The New Orleans form of Dixieland Jazz was heavily influenced
by marching bands with a square rhythm. It focused on each member of the ensemble playing variations on key melodies with a harmonious overall sound. The rhythm section would be a combination of double bass, drums, piano and banjo or guitar whilst the
lead instruments were normally trombone, trumpet and clarinet. The definitive Dixieland sound was the simultaneous playing of the
three lead instruments.
Dixieland music has continued to be of lasting value and essential to the musical life of New Orleans.
The New Orleans cornet player Joe "King" Oliver moved to Chicago in 1922 as bandleader of King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band with
his young protege Louis Armstrong on second cornet. As Dixieland music spread in the Chicago area it developed a new form
incorporating blues trademarks and emphasising the second and fourth beats in each measure. Improvisation was exemplified and all
members of the ensemble were free to embellish the melody. The Chicago form of Dixieland Jazz was also faster paced, reflecting the
hustle and bustle of city life as reflected in "Doctor Jazz" by Jelly Roll Morton.
Dixieland music became more widely known throughout the world as Traditional Jazz. From the late 1980s onwards, musicians have
performed and recorded not only original Traditional Jazz songs but also new compositions and arrangements in the Traditional Jazz
style as well.
In Traditional Jazz, the musicians play solo after solo, leading up to a grand finish. They normally play by ear or compose their part on the
fly, listening to the other members of the band and communicating with them through the music rather than reading a music score. This
enables each musician freedom of musical expression, creating an overall sound that is unique to that performance. It can be quite

Dixieland Swing Kings (1)
Dixieland Swing Kings (2)

The Dixieland Swing Kings six-piece band features Peter Martin (double bass), Steve Shaw (trombone), Alan McBride (trumpet),
Dave Simms (percussion), John Aust (clarinet and saxophone) and Nigel Foster (bandleader and guitar).
They provide an evening of the highly rhythmic, spirited and more brassy, rugged form of jazz that is Dixieland or Traditional Jazz and also
play some later Swing Jazz numbers. It can be a quite magical evening.

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