The Uptown Rhythm Makers

Jim Fiedler: Clarinet | Dr. Frank Highly: Tuba, Vocals | Kenny Powell: Drums, Vocals | Howie "Wicked Fingers" Nielson: Banjo | Dr. Bruce Vermazen: Trumpet, Vocals | Bob Andersen: Composer, Trombone | Dr. Bob Drisko: Bass (acoustic) | Bobby Gordon: Clarinet

Genre: Acoustic, Bluegrass & Roots, Covers | Standards, Jazz

Sound description: Dixieland jazz.

RIYL: The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the Port of New Orleans Jazz Band, High Society, Dixie Express, the South Bay Jazz Ramblers, the Crown Island Jazz Band, the Beale Street Jazz Band, the Magnolia Rhythm Kings, the Montreal Jazz Big Band, the Atlanta Blue Notes, Bill Allred's Classic Dixieland Jazz Band, Spirit of New Orleans

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Inception: San Diego, 2003

Ex-Band Members: Bob Ohumukini, Bass guitar

Influences: Armstrong, Oliver, Jelly Roll, Bix, Preservation Hall, George Lewis, Bunk Johnson, New Orleans dance bands of the 1920s, New Orleans revival bands of the 1940s through 1960s


This group of seven musicians came together in 2003 to play traditional jazz in the New Orleans Dixieland style. Members of the Uptown Rhythm Makers also play in or lead at least 16 other local bands and orchestras, all well known in Dixieland trad circles.


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