The Uptown Rhythm Makers

Jim Fiedler: Clarinet | Howie "Wicked Fingers" Nielson: Banjo | Bob Andersen: Composer, Trombone | Bob Bowman: Bass guitar | Bruce Vermazen: Cornet, Trumpet, Vocals | Suzanne Tractenberg: Drums | Joe Meza: Bass (acoustic)

Genre: Jazz

Sound description: Traditional jazz and swing.

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

Upcoming Local Shows


Inception: San Diego, 2003

Ex-Band Members: Bob Ohumukini, Bass guitar Dr. Frank Highly, Tuba, Vocals Kenny Powell, Drums, Vocals Dr. Bob Drisko, Bass (acoustic) Bobby Gordon, Clarinet Brian DeMeulle, Drums

Influences: Armstrong, Oliver, Jelly Roll, Bix, Preservation Hall, George Lewis, Bunk Johnson, Peter Bocage's Band, Sam Morgan Jazz Band, Halfway House Orchestra


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. Inspired by New Orleans dance bands of the 1920s, and New Orleans revival bands of the 1940s through 1960s, the group enjoyed an 11-year residency of monthly swing dances at Claire de Lune in North Park.

Their album New Orleans Shuffle was released in 2014. As of 2016, they were playing venues all around town, as well as private parties and weddings, including monthly sets at the Black Cat.


  • Pin it


Sign in to comment

Win a $25 Gift Card to
The Broken Yolk Cafe

Join our newsletter list

Each newsletter subscription means another chance to win!