Thu, May 9 2019, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Diane Lines

Theatre

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Post war America saw the dawn of a new musical era, ushered in by economic belt tightening which in turn caused leaders of large jazz orchestras to downsize their bands in order to be affordable to cash strapped venues. Diane Lines’ “Jump!” tells the story of this epoch as the railway of popular music formed a branch line for a relatively short period of time, and birthed jump blues and swing, which became the staple of jukeboxes in bars and juke joints throughout the south. Diane and her band of stellar musicians present an energetic romp through this brief but important chapter in popular music, performing songs by and telling stories about Louis Jordan, Wynonnie Harris, early Nat Cole Trio, early Ray Charles, Louis Prima, Big Maybelle, and so much more. The musical journey ends at the dawn of rock and roll, for which Chuck Berry is famously quoted: “If there was no Louis Jordan, there would be no rock and roll!”

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