HOTLANTA DIXIELAND JAZZ is "JAZZ WITH A SOUTHERN ACCENT"
For great music and lots of fun let HOTLANTA DIXIELAND JAZZ set your feet firmly on Bourbon Street in Old New Orleans. You'll experience every bit of the joy, energy, and humor of that early American Jazz called Dixieland. Songs from Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Louie Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, plus many old favorites like “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “Royal Garden Blues”, “South”, “Hard Hearted Hannah”, and “When The Saints Go Marchin' In” are all part of Hotlanta's musical treat.
Hotlanta performs in concert or at private events. The full band is six pieces: Clarinet, Cornet, Trombone, Banjo/Vocals, Tuba, and Drums.
To accommodate all venues and budgets Hotlanta will perform as a trio, quartet, or quintet. Please check our MP3 GigMaster audio files for examples of these bands.
Six international concert tours to Europe and Asia performing in the countries of Finland, Russia, Denmark, France, Germany, Belgium, Belarus,Spain, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Mexico, and Japan.
Feature performance at the 2007 Georgia Governor's Inaugural Ball.
Concert performances throughout the United States: The Piccolo
Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC; The Famous Door on Bourbon Street, New Orleans; The Brevard College Jazz Festival, NC; The Franklin Jazz Festival, Franklin, TN; a nine state, 23 concert Mid-West tour; the Bessie Smith Strut at the RiverBend Festival, Chattanooga, TN; City Stages Music Festival, Birmingham, AL; The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head, SC; and The Sun Coast Jazz Club, Tampa, Fl.
Numerous performances for the International Olympic Committee of the 1996 Summer Centennial Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia
Performance on the NBC-TV mini series “Grass Roots”
The featured American band at the world's largest Dixieland Festival,
“International Festival Dresden” in Dresden, Germany.
Three Caribbean Jazz cruises for Commodore Cruise Lines out of New Orleans aboard the Enchanted Seas.
CONCERT PERFORMANCE REVIEWS
“The six-man Hotlanta musical group made the rafters ring and the audience cheer. The group played and sang with enormous gusto that enchanted the foot stomping audience. It was a special evening with a very special musical group.”
Vera Evans, THE COASTLAND TIMES, KITTY HAWK, NC
“Hotlanta coveys the charm and power of the music...the music pulls the listener in with its infectious rhythms and flights of improvisation, providing a glimpse of the excitement and creative energy of an earlier America”
Richard Mills,CREATIVE LOAFING, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
“Improvisation is the heart of this music and Hotlanta showed that they were up to making it happen. Dixieland is a true American form that has provided the basis for so many other types of popular music. It was a treat to hear it presented so well and with a lot of class.”
Jon Wacker, THE DAILY GAZETTE, McCOOK, NEBRASKA
“Back by popular demand, the group's laid-back style allowed the audience to enjoy some toe tappin' and footstompin'. It was obvious
that the six musicians enjoyed what they did, coming across relaxed….allowing each performer an opportunity to introduce
his own personality and instrument.”
Jane G. Collins, THE ITEM, SUMPTER, SOUTH CAROLINA
“The music swung like a pendulum and kicked like a mule”. Vocalist Rutan “had an easygoing, effortless delivery that nicely recalled Hoagy Charmichael”
Peter Hummers, THE OUTER BANKS SENTINEL, NORTH CAROLINA
“Jazz fans are passionate over Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz when they show off their revved-up renditions of everything from prewar New Orleans chestnuts to postwar Duke Ellington standards.”
Steve Dollar, THE ATLANTA JOURNAL/CONSTITUTION
“Really enjoyed the close musical relationship that spreads from your group to the audience….we even bought four CDs!”
Email from Wofford College concert attendee, Andrew Doble, SPARTANBURG, SC
MP3 AUDIO FILES
Our GigMaster audio links give examples of the 6, 5, 4, and 3 piece Dixieland Bands. You will also MP3 audio files of Hotlanta Swings quartet. Please see below.
If you enjoy the music of the big band era, or the musical styles of Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Stan Getz, Glenn Miller, or Duke Ellington, then you will enjoy the sounds of Hotlanta Swings. Classics like “Don't Get Around Much Any More” “Unforgettable”, “The Girl From Ipanema”, “It Had To Be You”, “Take The A Train” and “When I Fall In Love” are mainstays of our repertoire. You will find MP3 files of Hotlanta Swings on the GigMasters audio links.
For the holidays he Dixieland and Swing Bands do all your favorite Christmas songs like "White Christmas", "Rudolph", "Winter Wonderland"
"I'll be Home For Christmas", etc.
Don Erdman (Clarinet),
Bill Rutan (Banjo/vocals),
Hal Johnson (Tuba),
Greg McLean (Cornet),
Ray Trant (Drums),
Neal McElroy (Trombone)