Since 1984, the Onion River Jazz Band has been delighting audiences throughout Vermont and New England with their spot-on renditions of vintage jazz, ragtime and swing instrumentals and songs. ORJB’s seven red-hot musicians’ combined professional performing experience is well over 300 years.
The band’s passion for traditional New Orleans jazz and the music of Tin Pan Alley is evident in every live performance and recording. They preserve the original sound of jazz inspired by legends such as Scott Joplin, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, Lu Watters, Fats Waller and countless others. Onion River plays a vast repertoire, from well-known favorites, such as Basin Street Blues, When The Saints Go Marching In, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tiger Rag, and Puttin’ On The Ritz, to rarely-heard musical gems, like Wild Man Blues, Shim Me Sha Wabble, and A Porter’s Love Song to a Chambermaid, plus plenty more.
The Onion River Jazz Band was formed 37 years ago to play during a jazz worship service as part of Burlington’s first Discover Jazz Festival. They sold out the yearly Dixie Cruise and still pack ’em in every June on the Church Street stage. ORJB has spread their toe-tapping, exuberant music far and wide with concerts at the Vermont State House, Spruce Peak Performing Arts, numerous town halls, community bandstands, Rutland’s First Night, and the Centrum Arena in Worcester Mass.