Riviera Theatre – Firecracker Jazz Band

May 15, 2009 by WLKM 

The Riviera Theatre will build on its growing reputation for bringing a variety of top-notch musical entertainment to Southwest Michigan next week by welcoming the Firecracker Jazz Band for a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday (May 20th).

                From the Riviera Theatre website, here’s some descriptive language that will provide a sense of the band and its music:

With jubilant vigor that spills from the stage to the streets, Firecracker Jazz Band revitalizes the energy of the roots of Jazz!  In paying homage to the pioneers of early 20th Century Jazz, including that of Dixieland and New Orleans, Firecracker Jazz Band carries the torch that was once lit by such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong & Bix Beiderbeck.  Popular and obscure Tin Pan Alley songs appear alongside clever original compositions. The instrumentation of the group is styled in the manner of the King Oliver Jazz Band, with stride piano, tuba and banjo providing the foundation for the contrasting voices of the cornet and trombone. Firecracker Jazz Band’s dynamic, raw energy ignites listeners of all ages and fans the fires of a new generation of enthusiasts ready to revisit an era of rollicking New Orleans dance halls and Chicago speakeasies of the 1920’s.

Tickets are available online via the Riviera Theatre website at and at the Riviera box office Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Call (269) 278-8068.


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