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The Sunset Stomp Dixieland Jazz Band
In 2010 veteran Indiana based entertainers Robin Hopkins (plectrum banjoist) and Kathleen Miller (vocalist) co-founded the Sunset Stomp Jazz Band, named after Louis Armstrong + May Alix's often-overlooked 1926 hit, The Sunset Café Stomp (with Kid Ory, Johnny Dodds, Lil Hardin, and Johnny St Cyr - whew!)
The band has taken the jazz community by storm, playing at venues throughout the Midwest, and regularly featured at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Says Robin Hopkins “some of the best popular music was written in the 20’s and the 30’s. It was light and lively then and we intend to always keep it that way. Kathleen and I have always put entertaining the audience first and foremost in the performance. Add great musicians and people walk out after the show with a smile on their face.”
Whether the audience is lindy-hopping steppers, west-coast swingers, or seasoned Hot Jazz listeners, this band delights one and all. They have been featured at Clearwater Beach, Florida’s Suncoast Jazz Classic, the Central Illinois Jazz Festival, and GRUGELFEST 2018. They have several recordings to their credit, the most recent being a gospel album titled “Down By The Riverside.”
Members of the Band include:
⯌ Larry McWilliams (trumpet) After retiring from many years as a touring musician and also from Ball State U, where he headed the Jazz Studies Dept, Larry keeps busy playing with many different musical groups in Indiana and Florida.
⯌ Michael Lucas (piano) An IU student and jazz faculty alumni, Mike has toured extensively throughout the years. His career has included a tenure as musical director for Johnny Mathis and Perry Como.
⯌ Jesse Wittman (upright bass) In addition to being one of the first call bass players in central Indiana, Jesse also makes time to teach bass students at Butler University.
⯌ John Valdez (drums) “John is the best dixieland jazz drummer in Indiana...that is not just my opinion...it is a fact,” says Robin Hopkins. This young man is in high demand across the state, in many different genres.
⯌ Bill James (clarinet) A retired graphic artist for Eli Lily and former US Navy Band member, Bill’s “Pete Fountain” stylings will make you feel like you are second lining in New Orleans!
▶ Come on out! Listen ~ dance ~ catch up with friends old + new ... bring family + friends too! ◀
Show $20, COHJS Members $15; SwingColumbus + students $10
Music educators + music students FREE!
Join SwingColumbus for an intermediate partnered Charleston workshop from 11 - 1, with guest instructors Kerry Kapaku and Viktor Lillard, back in town from Indiana and fresh from Herräng Dance Camp in Stockholm this summer! Just $20 gets you in BOTH the workshop AND the Sunset Stomp dance from 2-5.
New to Charleston, or want to brush up on fundamentals?
From 1:10 - 2, come for a FREE newcomer partnered Charleston lesson with prize-winning SwingColumbus performers + instructors Shannon Varner + Mark Calkins.
No partner? No problem! Dancers rotate regularly in class so you have a chance to try what you’ve learned with different partners.
Nov 24 - 1:30 - 6:30 at the Makoy Center.
Cakewalkin' Jazz Band
Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers
Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band
Every 2nd Wed - also Dec 11
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We could sure use your support to hire these musicians + the venue! Please consider joining or renewing RIGHT NOW ONLINE or at the door. Your membership support is VITAL to making COHJS events happen, and offering decent compensation to the musicians who learn + share this great music. Door admissions usually cover maybe 35-45% of the cost of a show. Most of the rest comes from memberships, and a bit more from The Columbus Foundation grant and Ohio Living's sponsorship.
For $20 a year you get $5 off the regular show admission and our newsletter - - but what you really get is doing your bit to keep hot jazz and dance live + local!
And we're ALSO grateful for the generous support of The Greater Columbus Arts Council for their generous support.
The Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to enjoying and sharing traditional American jazz of the early 20th century. Comes in many styles and called by many names - traditional jazz, Dixieland jazz, classic jazz, hot jazz, New Orleans style jazz ... or San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City, New York style jazz.
We LISTEN, PLAY, + DANCE to it, especially LIVE and NEAR HOME!
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