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The New South Jazzmen

Dixieland Jazz, America's original art form, found its roots in the street music of New Orleans. As it moved up the Mississippi River it experienced new life and interpretive diversity. Today, Dixieland that reflects this coming of age can be found in the "New Sound" of New South Jazzmen who echo the rebirth of lively rhythms and toe tapping favorites that have become standards from Chicago to New York and back to its roots in the South.

New South Jazzmen includes six musicians who have brought their diverse musical backgrounds together to recreate the sounds of the 1920's and 30's. The upright bass of David Michael Ruddy along with the banjo of Denny Hallock and drums of Bill McSweeney, Sr. drive the band's renditions of tunes that were all the rage of a bygone era. The traditional front line of trumpet, trombone, and clarinet makes the combination of upper and lower Mississippi sounds complete. Stephan Berry's mastery of the trumpet is clear when he strokes the stars with his singing high notes while the laid back style of Neale Baugh's clarinet compliments the tailgate hum of Bill McSweeney, Jr's slide trombone.

All in all, the "front line" of New South Jazzmen blends harmony and blue notes to create a Dixieland feeling that fits perfectly with special events. Combining a light easy touch for quiet gatherings and heart felt movement for those more lively affairs makes The New South Jazzmen ideal for a memorably musical experience.

The Members of New South Jazzmen

Trumpet / Cornet - Stephan Berry This classically trained trumpet player from Ohio has spent his life as a music educator and performer in the Cincinnati area. Since moving to Charleston near the turn of the millennium he has been a much sought after solo and ensemble trumpet player for weddings, big band gigs, and small ensemble performances. His ability to read even the toughest charts and to ad lib make him a potent force on the Charleston music scene.

Clarinet - Neale Baugh Neale's retirement move to Charleston in the early '90's meant the addition of one of the sweetest sounds in Clarinet playing the local music scene has known. His relaxed dapper manner is reflected in his musical interpretation of the music and serves to balance the straight-ahead force that the rest of the band exudes.

Trombone - Bill McSweeney, Jr. Twenty years with the Early Days Jazz Band of Charleston and
numerous sessions of jazz gigging as well as a love for history make Bill appreciative of the ability of a group to remain true to the style of the music. This Charleston native has seen the transformation of the local music scene and played right along with the restoration of Charleston as a musical destination for players and audiences alike.

Guitar Banjo - Denny Hallock This string man's the quintessential professional of the Charleston
music scene and is sought after in more than a few local groups. He has played it all. His quick ear for harmony and melody make him a guitar player's guitar player. With New South Jazzmen he showcases his diversity with his use of his banjo.

Upright String Bass - David Ruddy The Big Man with the Big Violin, David "walks the bass"
with drive and good taste. His four beat bass presses home the sounds of Chicago in the 1920s like no other bassist. Slap string solos and careful blue notes make David a pleasure to watch and to hear.

Drums - Bill McSweeney, Sr. The father of the trombonist son, Bill Sr. has been a fixture in the
Charleston music scene since his days as a drummer stationed on Sullivan's Island during the last "Great War". His big band background and his sense of humor mean that the music is going to swing and sing with every beat.

New South Jazzmen Song List (Vocals in Yellow)

Ain't Gonna Give You None Of This Jelly Roll
Ain't Misbehavin'
Alexander's Ragtime Band
All Of Me
At Sundown
Basin Street Blues
Big Butter And Egg Man
Black Bottom
Black And Blue
Blue Skies
Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me
Bourbon Street Parade
Buddy Bolton Blues
Bye Bye Blackbird Band
Bye Bye Blues
Canal Street Blues
Careless Love Blues
Caren Carena
Carolina In The Morning
Darktown Strutters Ball

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

Doctor Jazz Stomp
Down By The Riverside

Farewell Blues
Frankie & Johnny
Georgia Grind
Georgia On My Mind
Hard Hearted Hannah
Hello Dolly

Honeysuckle Rose
I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
I 've Found A New Baby

Jazz Me Blues
Joe Avery Blues
Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Just A Little While To Stay Here
Mack The Knife
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor (At Atlanta Blues)
New Orleans
Nobodies Sweetheart Now
On The Sunnyside Of The Street
Pennies From Heaven
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Saint Louis Blues
Sheik Of Araby
Some Of These Days
St James Infirmary Blues
Strutting With Some Barbecue
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Sue

That's A Plenty
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Tiger Rag
Tin Roof Blues
Ugly Child
Up A Lazy River
Washington & Lee Swing
West End Blues
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
What A Wonderful World
When You Wore A Tulip
Who's Sorry Now?
Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?
You're Drivin' Me Crazy

Song List