WARM UP TO AN AMER­I­CAN ART FORM AT THE HOT STEAMED FES­TI­VAL IN ES­SEX

The Day - Sound & Country - - FRONT PAGE - By STEPHEN CHUPASKA

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.”

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