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Musicians who play old-time New Orleansstyle jazz, will tell you it’s a love that’s hard to describe with mere words. In a telephone interview in May, Fred Vigorito, cornetist in the Galvanized Jazz Band, thought about it for moment and said simply, “I just liked it.”
“I was about 10 or 11 years old and my brother would bring home these records,” Vigorito said. “It was very unusual.”
And that eventually led to trumpet lessons and nearly 50 years of gigs, including one memorable jam in the early 1970s in New Orleans with Woody Allen.
Taking a minute to flip through some back pages, Dan Levinson of the New Millenium AllStars said that, as a teenager growing up in Santa Monica, Calif. in the mid-1980s, he grew tired of the contemporary rock songs he heard on the radio. He then began checking out albums such as “The Best of Dixieland” on RCA Records from the local library.
“I was fascinated,” Levinson said. “It was the music that was going on in my heart.”