New Orleans trad-jazz ensemble the Dukes of Dixieland recorded a live performance Friday, Nov. 30, for the PBS film “Celebrating Satchmo,” scheduled to air in 2013. The taping took place between 1-4 p.m. at the Louisiana State Museum’s new, state-of-the-art performance space on the third floor of the Old U.S. Mint, on Esplanade Ave. The Dukes, naturally, performed renditions of tunes Pops made famous, including “Hello Dolly,” “A Kiss To Build A Dream On,” and others.
The current lineup playing under that name dates its own origins back to 1974. Since then, many players have passed through the band’s ranks.
The 2012 version of the Dukes can be seen most often, these days, during nightly jazz cruises on the Steamboat Natchez. The band’s most recent album is When Country Meets Dixie, released in early 2012, which features four tracks recorded with the Oak Ridge Boys -– including a reimagining of the Oaks’ 1981 #1 country single “Elvira.”
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