New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra
The central focus of our "New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra" is to celebrate the music of Bix Beiderbecke and the musicians and bands with whom he played. In pursuing this we try to produce our own transcriptions of arrangements from original classic recordings of the 20s and 30s, playing restored vintage instruments of that era, wherever possible. Our repertoire has also ranged through music made famous by other classic artists of the jazz and swing eras of the 20s and 30s, as well as classic Australian jazz material.
This wider range is usually reflected in the NWJO's live and recorded performances. Fresh in our minds is the inspiring reception the NWJO was recently given in Melbourne at the "50th Anniversary Australian Jazz Convention," December '95. Overflowing, standing-room-only crowds at both our appearances gave us overwhelming applause and a standing ovation for performing many of the items now included in this CD. Our thanks go out to those of you who were part of those wonderful audiences, and of course to the organizers for a wonderful 50th Anniversary bash.
In 1993 the NWJO had the pleasure of playing at the 15th Edinburgh Jazz Festival in Scotland, "The Jazz Brecon, '93" Festival in Wales, and at the 22nd Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, Iowa U.S.A. In 1996 we enjoyed a return engagement at the 25th Anniversary Bix Memorial Festival, plus a first appearance at The Great River Jazz Fest in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and jazz clubs in the Illinois/Wisconsin area. I have the pleasure of coordinating rather than leading the NWJO, which functions happily as an informal partnership. Enthusiasm for Bix and the music of "The Jazz Age" is the catalyst which unites and leads us to spend many hours listening to original recordings, selecting those that appeal, then transcribing and scaling them down into arrangements which maximize the sound of our small group yet still preserve the spirit and feel of the era. The NWJO would like to thank the many friends and followers who attend our performances, the FM jazz radio broadcasters who play our recordings so regularly, and our wives and families for their continued support, forbearance and encouragement.