I had a wonderful time at the inaugural Steamboat Stomp last fall — the pure pleasure of hearing hot New Orleans jazz on a steamboat cruising up and down the Mississippi River.  Mark Twain, Fate Marable, David Jones, and young Mister Armstrong all combined.

I cannot go to this year’s effusion of good times and good music (three festivals in one month is too much for me while I am attempting to hold a full-time job), so there will be an empty seat.  So I urge you to go in my place, and bring your jazz-loving friends.

Musical evidence here and here  — and there is more from the 2013 Stomp if you search JAZZ LIVES.

And here is what Duke Heitger, the generous beacon of hot jazz, has to tell us:

The second annual Steamboat Stomp is about 2 months out (November 14-16). This is a wonderful time of year to be in New Orleans, and we have added some marquee names to the already stellar roster including Evan Christopher, Jon-Erik Kellso and Hal Smith. This will surely be a weekend of great music and great fun. Weekend packages and a variety of exciting sponsorship opportunities are still available. As you know, the support and participation of folks like you are key to the success of events like Steamboat Stomp. Please visit www.steamboatstompneworleans.com for more information. If you have any questions with regards to hotels, reservations, etc… I will be happy to assist you personally at dukeheit@bellsouth.net. This promises to be a very special event. I hope to see you there!

What Duke’s letter does not say is . . . the Yerba Buena Stompers, Banu Gibson, Tim Laughlin, Topsy Chapman, Solid Harmony, the Dukes of Dixieland . . . joy-spreaders all.  Don’t let this weekend event steam right by you.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “DUKE HEITGER’S STEAMBOAT STOMP (November 14-16, 2014)

  1. DiBenedetto, Joe

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

  2. It won’t happen, Joe — reread early text. Alas! But thanks for the good wishes anyway.

  3. Girish Trivedi


    First, what is your name ?

    Second, what can you tell me about trumpeter Shorty McConnell who played
    around St. Louis and E. St. Louis around 1944/45. I have a Lester Young Recording at the town hall in NYC with bopper McConnell (strange bed fellows); McConnell seems to have disappeared from the Jazz scene
    from the mid forties. Whatever happened to him ?


  4. Girish, my name is Michael Steinman. And I agree that Shorty McConnell is elusive; Remind me again and I will see if he is in the index (if there is an index!) in THE WORLD OF EARL HINES — the interviews Stanley Dance did — or in the oral history SWING TO BOP. He doesn’t crop up in my edition of the BIOGRAPHICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ. I will try to remember to check!

  5. Thanks Michael.


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