Mission Gold Jazz Band and the
New Horizon Stompers
When: Tuesday, June 2
Where: Costeaux French Bakery & Café, 417 Healdsburg Ave.
Time: 7:00 pm
Price: $30 (includes cookie from Costeaux)
Winery Sponsor: Dry Creek Vineyards
Dixieland is not a genre that makes it into the magazines very often, but the people who love it are fanatical about it, and in Northern California these folks are legion. There just isn’t anything like that polyphonic blend of brass and clarinet, backed by a rhythm insistent enough to get people out of their seats.
The Mission Gold Jazz Band understands that Dixieland is not for the meek. Led by John Soulis on trombone, the players in this Fremont-based outfit—Dick Williams and Bill Sharp on cornets, Earl Scheelar on clarinet, Roz Temple on piano, Jack Weicks on banjo, Bert Thompson on drums, and Jim Brennan on tuba—dig in hard. Occasionally they take audiences back to New Orleans by encouraging parasol dancing.
By the time Mission Gold takes the stage, the crowd will be very loose, thanks to an opening set by the New Horizon Stompers, who were a big hit at last year’s festival. For this group, multi-instrumentalist Ray Walker has assembled the cream of Sonoma County’s Dixieland players. Dare we say, they rock hard.