Every rhythm and tune of jazz music is imbued with a story. The rich history of the musical genre is heavily intertwined with that of America itself. Struggle, change, and evolution are ingrained in every song—you can almost feel the freedom coursing through your veins as you dance to the upbeat tunes.
Razzmajazz Dixieland Band follows in the legacy of jazz greats who shaped the course of the genre forever. Our high-energy Swing and New Orleans Jazz performances are a treat for music lovers and fans of one of the greatest musical genres all over North Texas and the Metroplex Areas.
To understand the extent of jazz music’s contribution to social and political change, it’s important to look back to where it all began.
The Birthplace of Jazz
The story of jazz’s origin is exemplary of its social effects; the musical genre came around as the sound of freedom. Around 1890, New Orleans became the starting point for the jazz musical movement.
What started as an outlet for African American communities in the region to express their history and culture quickly spread across the country. The musical tradition of the African-American communities was more than just a source of entertainment for them; it was a symbol of resilience, a voice for those who couldn’t express themselves.
A Catalyst for Change—The Roaring Twenties
The tumultuous conditions of the post-First World War America—coupled with the Great Depression and Prohibition Era—found a means of profound expression through jazz music. At this time, jazz became the sound for celebration and indulgence—the two things people found solace in.
As speakeasies popped up all around the country, women donned shimmering flapper dresses, and everyone got on their feet to do the Swing Dance, Swing Jazz became the sound for hope. Coined the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this decade represented a cultural flowering and departure from constraints.
Celebrating Jazz Today
Traditional New Orleans and Swing Jazz have continued to have a significant impact even today. Nothing is a greater testament to its resilience than the fact that the musical style is just as popular a century after its golden era.
Razzmajazz Dixieland Band has been a proponent of this revolutionary music genre for over three decades. We’ve been performing an extensive repertoire of iconic Swing and New Orleans Traditional Jazz songs from the early 1900s to 1939.
If you’re looking for a New Orleans Traditional and Swing Jazz band in North Texas and the Metroplex Areas, contact us for booking information.
About Our Past Performances
Our jazz band has performed at various events—including weddings, corporate events, intimate dinners, and other celebrations—over 35 years.
Some of the organizers of these performances are:
- Six Flags Over Texas
- Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
- Plano Firefighters Assoc.
- Law Offices of Windle Turley
- Main Street Arts Festival – Fort Worth
- Aerospace Optics
- Albertson’s Food Stores
- Park Suites Hotel
- Dallas Mavericks
- Case Power and Equipment
- Junior League of Arlington
- St Alban’s Parish – Anglican
- National Semiconductor
- Ft. Worth Cattledrive Rest.
- Mira Vista Country Club
- Texas Rangers
- Mesquite Exchange Club
- Richland Pointe Mall
- Walnut Creek Country Club
- Dallas Museum of Art
- North American Society of First Responders
- Pecan Street Arts Festival – Arlington
- Fort Worth Boat Club
- Globe Life Park
- Anatole Hotel
- Fielder Road Baptist Church
- Children’s Medical Center
- Brinker International