Dr. John Tour Dates
07/03/15 London, United Kingdom Ronnie Scott's
07/05/15 Copenhagen Jazz Festival
07/19/15 Ardmore, PA Ardmore Music Hall
07/22/15 Shirley, MA Bull Run Restaurant
07/24/15 Plymouth, NH The Flying Monkey Movie
07/25/15 Westbury, NY Space At Westbury
07/26/15 Westhampton Beach Perf Arts Center
07/28/15 Hartford, CT Infinity Hall Hartford
07/29/15 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean Music Hall
07/30/15 Hanover, NH Spaulding Auditorium
08/01/15 SummerStage Central Park
08/02/15 Newport, RI "Newport Jazz Festival"
08/06/15 Prague, Republic Prague Castle
08/08/15 HSBC Brecon Jazz
08/11/15 Marciac, France "Jazz In Marciac"
08/15/15 Antwerp, Belgium "Jazzmiddelheim"
09/09/15 Chicago, IL City Winery Chicago
09/10/15 Chicago, IL City Winery Chicago
09/11/15 Chicago, IL City Winery Chicago
09/26/15 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival
09/27/15 Landmark Music Festival
10/10/15 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues Festival
01/06-01/11/16 MSC Divina "Jam Cruise"
Venerable voodoo jazz master Dr. John and the Nite Trippers brought the spirit of New Orleans up to St. Paul, as the premier performer at this year’s Twin Cities Jazz Festival, christening CHS Field, the home of baseball’s St. Paul Saints, with the first music performance in the new venue.
Jack Brass Band
The group formed in 1999 to play its brand of “feel good music” and has five albums to their credit, including last year’s For Your Body. Making their way to the stage by weaving through the crowd, it didn’t take long for people to start dancing or clapping along with the mix of originals, standards, and even a New Jack cover medley including the likes of Bobby Brown.
Dr. John (aka Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack) may be slightly frail at age 74, walking with a cane and getting help to his piano, but once he’s in place, he plays possessed like a man half his age. The 100 min. set started somewhat slowly with intro track, ‘Croker Courtbullion’ but moved quickly uptempo with timeless hit, ‘Iko Iko’.
The Nite Trippers
The band’s new album, Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch (Concord Records) is a tribute to New Orleans jazz legend, Louis Armstrong, so it was no surprise the set was peppered with several Armstrong covers as well as those from Leadbelly and Professor Longhair.
Fans grooved in the sunshine in their panama and porkpie hats, responding most to the hits they recognized, but still managed to have a good time throughout the set. The doctor didn’t address the crowd that often, except to intro a song or two, letting instead the music do the talking, though he briefly moved from piano to do some percussion and strapped on a guitar for a few songs, near the halfway point.
Their take on Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ was spryer than the original, more of a fast shuffle than the contemplative version Pops was known for. As the band closed with ‘Such a Night’, it turned out to be such a day- a good time had by all, and a triumph and biggest show to date, for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.
Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at CHS Field, St Paul for Twin Cities Jazz Festival (27 June 2015)