Edmonds Roaring Twenties Jazz Night

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Edmonds Driftwood Players Invites All Wise Guys and Flappers to the 
Wade James Theatre Saturday, April 2, for the

Edmonds Driftwood Players is inviting the community to come together for a fantastic night of 1920s frolicking for the first annual Edmonds Roaring Twenties Jazz Night, Saturday, April 2, 2016.

More than a concert, this jazz event invites attendees to come in their best 1920s attire (Wise Guys and Flappers welcome!) and ready to dance. There will be TWO New Orleans-style traditional jazz bands, along with a Charleston dance contest and costume awards (step into the photo-booth!). Market Street Dixieland Jass Band and Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band will be the featured bands.

Driftwood’s Managing Director, Amy Gentry, and jazz musician Tim Sherman teamed up to create the event as a way to bring fantastic traditional jazz music to the community around the Wade James Theatre.

Sherman describes “traditional jazz” for us; “Traditional jazz could be defined as the style of jazz that came out of New Orleans circa 1890 to 1923, and was performed in larger cities in America after 1920. It brings an aspect of jazz to the community that is different than what jazz fans hear on programmed jazz radio. It presents aspects of blues, popular tunes and dance styles that one doesn't usually associate with modern or progressive jazz.”

Both bands, Market Street and Uptown Lowdown, perform songs associated with the genre and present the music in a lively, toe tapping style.

 “We’re turning the Wade James Theatre into a 1920s speakeasy,” says Gentry, “and we are so excited to get folks in here dressed to impress. Guests should absolutely come in costume and be ready to learn the Charleston. This will not be a typical night at the local community theatre!”

A cash bar will be open, and light snacks will be available.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00pm at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main Street, Edmonds.

All tickets are $25 and are available by phone at 425-744-9600, online or at the Driftwood Box Office at 306 Main Street (lower back door).


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