Originally published in Compass, August 23, 2012
New Traditional Jazz Band to play Opera House
The six-piece, nationally-based New Traditional Jazz Band will perform a wide variety of traditional jazz and classic pop at the Stonington Opera House on Saturday, August 25, at 7 pm.
Area residents are familiar with the classic Dixieland jazz sounds of the New Trad Trio, featuring Chris Harris and Jack Moser, of Blue Hill and Deer Isle. On Saturday, August 25, at 7 p.m., Opera House Arts will present a one-night-only appearance by the six-piece, nationally-based ensemble lead by Harris and Moser: the New Traditional Jazz Band.
Hailing from around the country, this ensemble, including horns, tuba and piano, plays a unique mix of traditional jazz and vintage pop, according to a news release.
The band includes Giff Blaylock on tuba, David Jellema on horns and clarinet, Henning Hoehne on clarinet and saxes, and Russell Wilson on piano in addition to Maine’s Chris Harris on banjo and vocals, and Jack Moser on clarinet and saxes. NTJB has made jazz festival appearances at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee; the San Juan Island Dixieland Jazz Festival in Friday Harbor, Wash.; the Great Connecticut Jazz Festival; the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, Conn. and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, Iowa.
Tickets are available at opera housearts.org or by calling 367-2788.