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Ragtime Oriole hosts free Dixieland jazz show

The Ragtime Oriole in Marble Falls is hosting a free Dixieland jazz concert Dec. 26. Courtesy photo

Listen to New Orleans-style jazz at a free concert hosted by The Ragtime Oriole, 202 Main St. in Marble Falls. The event is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26. You can bring your own alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Social distancing and face covering protocols will be observed, said venue owner Richard Golladay.

Golladay is one of several musicians playing. He will be at the piano with Bob Orozsi on percussion, Boggy Black on tenor banjo, and Ed Sherry on trumpet. Other performers include trombonist Dave Hargett, saxophonist Martin Lanford, clarinetist Nick Brown, and upright bassist Graham Avery.

These performers are considered some of the best in the state, Golladay said, and have been members of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio, which was on Texas Public Radio for decades. Known as “Riverwalk Jazz,” the show was broadcast on about 200 radio stations across the country and around the world.

“I’m getting guys who are seasoned,” Golladay said. “They went all over the world. They played at the Lincoln Center (in New York City).”

The song lineup includes “Fidgety Feet,” “Dixieland One-Step,” “Milenberg Joys,” and “Royal Garden Blues.”

Dixieland jazz began around 1918 in New Orleans “and continues up to this day,” Golladay said.

“It’s very rich in chord structure and very rich in terms of chord progressions,” he said. “It makes you happy. It’s not downer music. With the kind of music we have, you got to have clarinets, trumpets, and trombones.”

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