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Bob Troxell’s Dixieland Connection

Friday, June 9 2017 7:00 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - 31 South Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

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Lancaster Summer Arts Festival

“Let’s fly down, or drive down, to New Orleans, I’ll take you, parade you, down on Bourbon Street”. That’s the opening theme sung by Lancaster’s exciting “Dixieland Connection” band, led by trombonist, Bob Troxell. And from New Orleans they cruise musically up Kansas City way, home base of the great Count Basie band and vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, and origin point of Basie’s swinging theme, “One O’clock Jump”. Next on this northbound jazz cruise is Chicago-land, mecca of big band swing bands like Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller, playing “I’ll Never Smile Again”, and “String of Pearls” with the one and only Benny Goodman band playing “Let’s Dance” and “Jersey Bounce”. The crew of this northbound jazz cruise from New Orleans to Chicago-land has cruised and played all through Lancaster-land’s “Summer Arts Festival”, “Long’s Park Amphitheater”, Council of Church’s Food Bank Benefit, lots of Jazz Worship services and Masses and countless fundraising events over many years. Cruise officer-musicians include: First Mate-pianist, Dr. J. Albert Schulz, Lancaster’s own “Knuckles O’Toole”; Guitarist, vocalist and Helmsman Don Goldstrom; Premier vocalist and scat singer, Karen Kernc; Reedmaster, Jack LaClair; Solid bassist Rob Emery; and hard driving drummer Jim Cluck. Through all of their years of playing together, Leader-Trombonist Trox can think of only one time when their performance was such that they fell on their face. Trox can’t remember where or when! They do deserve to be heard.