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Dukes of Dixieland from New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz Concert to Benefit NFSO Saturday,Jan. 23

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


1/14/2016 - A hot night of Mardi Gras jazz and brass will benefit the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra when the world-famous Dukes Of Dixieland from New Orleans appear Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 pm at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.

The Dukes appear live in concert in the 1,650 seat mainstage theater of the non-profit performing arts venue located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College to benefit the NFSO in their 29th year as the region’s premier professional orchestra. The NFSO will back up the Dukes of Dixieland at the concert event.

“The Dukes only accept about 30 dates a year to appear at much sought-after concerts in the USA and overseas, never straying long from their home base in New Orleans,” noted NFSO Maestro Jeffrey Rink. “So, we were thrilled to be able to book this wildly popular group for a jammin’ good time during Mardi Gras season to benefit the NFSO”.

Unlike their dixieland name, the Dukes play a range of New Orleans music, from Dr. John and Fats Domino, to Huey Smith and Louis Prima, not to mention many of their own original tunes. With a repertoire of roughly 400 tunes, the group is considered the pre-eminent New Orleans band as well as official New Orleans Ambassadors.

The “New Orleans Mardi Gras Jazz” concert on Saturday, January 23 will feature the Dukes of Dixieland in a host of tunes such as Carnival Time, Bourbon Street Parade, Go To the Mardi Gras, All On A Madri Gras Day, Second Line, Hokey Pokey Way, Big Chief, New Suit, While We Danced at the Mardi Gras, Saints (Street Beat) and much more with “party dill dawn” style music sets to bring in the holiday in true New Orleans style!

When not touring, the Dukes of Dixieland star on the preeminent New Orleans attraction, the Steamboat Natchez, for 45 weeks a year, 7 nights a week. They have also found time to record nearly 30 albums, produce three (3) PBS television shows ("New Orleans Pops"; "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton" and "Celebrating Satchmo").

Tickets to the NFSO benefit concert with the Dukes of Dixieland are $37 each and are available exclusively through the non-profit Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s box office by phone, in-person or web. Call (850) 729-6000 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (starting Tuesday, January 5 following the college’s holiday break) or online at There are no discounts as the event is a fundraiser for the NFSO.

The Dukes of Dixieland have performed with symphony orchestras, including the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, National, New York Pops (in Carnegie Hall), and 29 other orchestras around the world. In 2005, they traveled aboard the Steamboat Natchez up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Cincinnati, OH, raising money for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund, while many of the band members' homes were still destroyed. In 2011, they performed with the renowned Boston Pops.

The Dukes of Dixieland name was originally associated with a band formed in 1948 by the Assunto family. The original Assunto Dukes of Dixieland disbanded in the early 1970s. In 1974, producer John Shoup re-formed the Dukes of Dixieland, and opened their jazz club atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter, calling it Dukes' Place with the blessing of its previous owner, Louis Prima. Playing four sets a night, often stretching till dawn, Dukes’ Place also became the home base for a number of jazz sessions produced by Shoup for PBS.

In 1986, the Dukes moved to a new home on Bourbon Street called Mahogany Hall, and in 1992, their home base became the famous Steamboat Natchez, where they have remained ever since. In 1980, they recorded a television special at the old Civic Theater in New Orleans, with the New Orleans Pops Orchestra and later performed in a TV special with Woody Herman, "Wood Choppers Ball." In 2001, their gospel CD "Gloryland" was nominated for a Grammy. In 2011, they recorded with The Oak Ridge Boys, in Nashville, TN, a CD titled "Country Meets Dixie." Today, each member of the band holds a Masters degree in Music and the average age of the six musicians is 38.5 years.

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The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast's premier, fully-professional orchestra - since 1987! The NFSO performs in residence at the magnificent $30 million Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, located at 100 College Boulevard East, Niceville, Florida. NFSO concerts are held in the center's 1,650 mainstage theater where a custom orchestra shell provides the optimum in acoustics for symphony patrons.

The NFSO is a non-profit organization operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College. The NFSO relies on tax-deductible donations, corporate underwriting and season subscriptions to continue the orchestra's musical excellence and the symphony's numerous long-standing educational endeavors for youth. Tax-deductible donations are administered through the Northwest Florida State College Foundation, a 501 © (3) organization. See more on the orchestra’s 29th season at ##