The Cape May Traditional Jazz Society focuses on Traditional Jazz.
This is sometimes called Dixieland, Ragtime, Blues, Swing, New Orleans Style jazz.
This jazz is truly one of the unique original American art forms. It all started in New Orleans in the late 19th century. First started in the Black and Creole communities and later adopted by white bands. Dixieland jazz started in the early 1900's. The first jazz recording was made by the Original Dixieland Jass Band on January 30, 1917. The roaring twenties brought Dixieland into its heyday. It was a polyphonic improvisation of seven instruments - coronet, trombone, clarinet, piano, drums, banjo and tuba - in a unique style.
Some of the original greats include Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, Bix Beiderbeck, Jellyroll Morton,George Lewis, Fats Waller, Buddy Bolton.
Over the next 20 years this music spread to Memphis, Kansas City, Chicago, St Louis, San Francisco and New York. They all improvised their unique styles and gained popularity with all age groups.
Some of the great names in the 1940's and 1950's include Muggsy Spanier, Turk Murphy, Eddie Condon, Bob Scoby, Jack Teagarden, PeeWee Irwin, Sidney Bechet, Phil Napoleon, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt.
Later other jazz music styles evolved - swing, big band, bebop, progressive, rythum and blues, rock and roll, straight ahead, etc. - took over the popular music scene.
In 1994 Congress authorized a New Orleans National Historic Park in Jackson Park on the Mississippi River. This is a national tribute to celebrate this uniquely American art form. We intend to assist these efforts here in south Jersey.
Today the original Traditional Jazz - Dixieland, Ragtime, Blues, New Orleans Style - is somewhat difficult to find. This is why the Cape May Traditional Jazz Society was formed. Our purpose is to develop, educate, promote and enjoy this Traditional Jazz in south Jersey. Our goal is to keep this great music alive and affordably available in south Jersey. We hope you will join us and support this goal. Please become a member of The Cape May Traditional Jazz Society today (see membership page for details).