About The Ragweed Jazz Band

The music of the Ragweed Jazz Band is for listening, dancing, tapping toes, ordering up another beer, and for remembering the golden years of jazz – the 30’s and 40’s – when people like Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Muggsy Spanier, Jack Teagarden, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman were setting the tempo for an era.

It all adds up to a band with an infectious sense of fun and close attention to the essential spirit of jazz. For many years the band has happily played for its local fans, but more recently has found enthusiastic acceptance farther afield with appearances in the Orillia Jazz Festival, Simcoe County Jazz Society, London Jazz Society, Jazz FM 91.1 Summer Series, Du Maurier Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, the International Ragtime Jazztime Festival in the United States, the Canadian Big Band Festival and Jazzmania. the Hot Steamed Jazz Festival in Essex, Connecticut USA, the Earlyjaz Fall Festival in Strongsville Ohio USA and frequent appearances at the Chick’n’ Deli.

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