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The Route 66 Revelers

New Orleans-style Jazz--Jazz That's Fun!

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About the band . . .

At the beginning of the 20th Century a new musical direction was emerging in New Orleans, a city which had been the most cosmopolitan city in the American South since the 1820's. The rich mixture in its population had African and Caribbean roots, and were influenced by a diversity of Creole, Cajun and Southern Baptist music as well as European Opera. Musicians, trained both classically and on the street, were drawing from a number of sources - Ragtime, Spirituals, Work Chants, Blues, Military Marches - and were creating a new, uniquely American art form, Jazz.

The Route 66 Revelers celebrate this music, Traditional Jazz, by playing songs written by Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams, "Jelly Roll" Morton, Hoagy Carmichael, W. C. Handy, Benny Moten, and Thomas "Fats" Waller, and made famous by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, and of course Louis Armstrong, as well as many others. Our basic rule is "If it sounds good, we want to play it."

We jam regularly at the Rio Grande Jazz Society in Albuquerque. The band got its start around 2003 when several of its members met each other at the Rio Grande Jazz Society's monthly jam sessions. Until July 2007 we called ourselves Swing 'n' Dixieland. That name seemed rather bland and generic, so we decided to come up with something else. Route 66 Revelers may not be a whole lot more exciting, but at least it identifies our home region and it was something we could all live with

The band at Las Golondrinas
Last updated 13 September 2017. cpc
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