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Southern Fried Jazz at Campanile Center Jan. 15
Contributed photograph The Southern Fried Jazz Band will perform at the Campanile Center for the Arts Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

Contributed photograph The Southern Fried Jazz Band will perform at the Campanile Center for the Arts Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.

There’s nothing like hot jazz on a cool winter’s evening and that’s exactly what you will get at the Campanile Center on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.,, with Southern Fried Jazz.  

The Southern Fried Jazz Band revives New Orleans-, Chicago- and Midwestern-spawned numbers as it takes its audiences on a colorful journey that increases their understanding and appetite for live jazz and the important role it plays in America’s culture. 

From hot jazz to soulful blues, the Southern Fried Jazz Show blends music with the narration and anecdotes of leader/trumpet player Don Edwards, whose background includes performing Dixieland jazz while on tour with the big bands. He later played with several Dixieland bands during his 15 years in Vegas. He also backed some of the Dixieland greats, including Louis Armstrong and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.  

A master of timing and showmanship, Edwards manages to translate each performance of the Southern Fried Jazz Band into an experience to be remembered long after the band has left the stage. From its opening number to its grand finale, the audience is captivated.

Edwards operates the Southern Fried Jazz Band “like a well-oiled machine.” Each member of the band is a show-wise performer and jazz artist in his own right who enjoys some time in the spotlight, and has learned to always expect the unexpected from Edwards.  

This results in a freshness and excitement in every performance that never fails to mesmerize the audience. The rich, captivating music of this skilled ensemble causes the most conservative audience to demand an encore. 

As she was leaving the theatre, a member of the audience in Hazelton, Pa., was overheard exclaiming, “This band belongs on the National Treasure List!” … And, indeed, it does!

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  

The Campanile Center for the Arts is located one block west of U.S. Highway 51 on Milwaukee Street in downtown Minocqua.  

For more information or tickets, go to www.campanilecenter.org or call 715-356-9700.

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