As I’m a passionate trumpet player myself, the Dixieland Week in Zauchensee is a particular highlight for me. From 23rd to 30th March the legendary Dixieland Band jams at various huts and spreads the jazzy spirit of New Orleans throughout the whole ski area.
Dixieland: how did this type of jazz originate?
Dixieland originated from New Orleans Jazz in the1910‘s. White jazz musicians imitated the very Afro-American influenced New Orleans Jazz of the time and developed Dixieland, a music style full of lightness and swing. Dixieland Jazz spread from New Orleans via Chicago to New York. As time went by musicians of all skin colours played all types of jazz. However, it took until the 1950’s for Dixieland to make its way to Europe where it achieved a revival.
How did Dixieland get to Zauchensee?
The New Orleans Dixieland Band comes from – surprise, surprise! – Austria: Wolfgang Friedrich founded the band in the 1980’s. From the very beginning the band leader gave concerts and held jam sessions in New Orleans and all over the world. With his sousaphone, a tuba carried around the body as the main instrument, Wolfgang Friedrich and his band charm their audience again and again – from Vienna to Berlin or Gizeh to New York and of course New Orleans. That’s why I’m really
looking forward to listening to the band playing this year again in the ski paradise of Zauchensee. As what could be better than enjoying our fabulous mountain panorama to the sound of swinging music?
I’m very much looking forward to enjoying the spirit of New Orleans and picking up a few tips for my own trumpet playing.
This video gives you an idea of the special flair of last year’s concerts:
photo credits: Zauchensee Bergbahnen