The Southern Fried Jazz Band is a high energy jazz band that offers some of the most refreshing New Orleans Dixieland jazz on the scene today! Along a variety of shows, the band is in great demand for a wide array of local and regional events in and around its home base of Charlotte, NC. Whatever the occasion, the Southern Fried Jazz Band always provides a fun and festive atmosphere. Its music is stirred with lots of seasoning, spontaneity and excitement that never fails to “WOW” the audience. It is these ingredients that launched the Southern Fried Jazz Band from foothills of North Carolina into the national spotlight in short order!
This band made our evening for my moms 80th birthday. They were a wonderful addition to our event and everyone was impressed! Music was great, musicians were professional, friendly and so very kind. We cannot wait to hire them again and our friends want to too! You won’t be disappointed.
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment
Response from Southern Fried Jazz Band:
Nancy, I apologize for my delay in getting back with you. I just realized there was a "Your Reply" box. Both the band and I thought both your group and your cause were wonderful. I wish you much success in your efforts to expand.
Jane Eisaman, Manager
Southern Fried Jazz Band
We hosted a Mardi Gras Brunch and hired the Southern Fried Jazz Band. They were great and everyone loved their sound. Guests and kids were dancing and having a great time. I would definitely recommend them to anyone else.
Unbelieveable, great crowd interaction and an all around great time!
Response from Southern Fried Jazz Band:
Thank you so much, Emily. The band enjoyed the crowd as much as they enjuoyed the band. It was a pleasure to finally meet you, and I appreciate your review more than you know!
Hope you have a successful convention in Orlando this week!
Jane Eisaman, Manager
Southern Fried Jazz Band
Having played a trumpet for a number of years I was absolutely amazed at the performance of the lead trumpet player!
Every member of this group in an exceptional artist in their field.
This group has so much going for it, so very intertaining, they are fantastic!!!!
When veteran trumpet player Don Edwards decided to organize the Southern Fried Jazz Band, he selected musicians who were exceptional jazz players as well as seasoned performers. Having played for some of the best names in the music business, his standards were very high. Some of the highlights of his career include serving as lead trumpet with the bands of Hal McIntyre, Ray Anthony, Billy May, Ralph Marterie, Buddy Morrow, and Charlie Spivak. Following the Big Band era, Edwards spend fifteen years in Vegas performing in stage shows with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, the Rat Pack and numerous other artists. In addition he backed some of the finest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band. With his background, it was only natural that he handpicked the finest talent he could find to make up the Southern Fried Jazz Band.
When not on tour, the Southern Fried Jazz Band meets the needs for a wide variety of special events. Some of these include Mardi Gras parties, festivals, corporate events and conventions, fund raisers, political rallies and private parties. Mixing its exceptional talent for reading the crowd with its ability to belt out the traditional Dixieland jazz music of New Orleans with amazing ease and gusto, the band never fails to create a festive atmosphere that excites the crowd and leaves it wanting more. As needed, it includes vocalists, and can also perform standards and more contemporary music for dancing as well as background dinner music.
The regular Southern Fried Jazz Band show depicts the evolution of early jazz in America, from the levees and cotton fields of Louisiana up the Mississippi to the early jazz clubs in Chicago. Classic Dixieland tunes blend with the narration and colorful anecdotes of leader Don Edwards, allowing the audience to share in an experience that is an important part of America’s past, present and future. As leader of the band, Edwards has an uncanny knack for stretching his musicians well beyond their imaginings “on the job.” One of his fans recently observed that “he operates his band like a well-oiled machine.” In addition, he makes sure each of its members enjoys some time in the spotlight. A master of timing and showmanship, Edwards manages to translate each performance of the Southern Fried Jazz Band into an experience to be remembered long after the band has left the stage. From its opening number to its grand finale, the audience is mesmerized.
The magic and excitement of the holidays come alive as the Southern Fried Jazz Band rings in the season with much loved Christmas tunes. Instrumentals mix with vocals in a delightful, well-paced performance that inspires young and old alike. The show reaches its peak as the audience singing with the band during the grand finale.....And the whole family heads for home filled with the Christmas spirit.
FOURTH OF JULY & MEMORIAL DAY SHOWS:
The Southern Fried Jazz Band creates its own fireworks as it performs patriotic songs with a Dixieland flavor that cause the crowd to erupt with applause, sing along with the band, or both. Special tribute is paid to the Armed Forces as the band plays the theme song of each branch of service. It’s a true flag-waving experience that leaves the audience with a renewed spirit of patriotism.
Past Booked Events
|February 21, 2023 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Campus Event|
|December 31, 2021 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Retirement Community Event|
|July 22, 2021 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Retirement Community Event|
|May 15, 2021 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|March 11, 2021 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|February 01, 2020 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|November 07, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Fundraiser|
|October 19, 2019 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Birthday Party|
|August 04, 2019 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|March 30, 2019 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Fundraiser|
|February 08, 2019 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Holiday Party|
|April 21, 2018 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Festival|
|May 14, 2015||Other|
|February 15, 2015||Luncheon/Tea|
"The audience loved them - they had a great way of talking to the audience, telling jokes and introducing songs. The musicianship and variety of music was excellent!"
"We had our final concert last night and it was wonderful. We couldn't have had a better way to end our year. The Southern Fried Jazz Band was delightful! They gave an excellent musical program and added educational information about the music and original recordings. Our audience loved it. Thank you for showcasing them."
"My students really enjoyed it, stayed until the end of the encore, and were making comments all along about how much they were learning about what we had already studied in class. The program was excellent and the presentation of each of the players was great..... All of the community members I knew were also ecstatic about the program!"
"I just returned from the concert Southern Fried Jazz did in Centralia, Washington..... Hope you'll be back in the northwest next year. It was a fabulous concert, And I'm enjoying the CD as well.....Can you put my name on your mailing list for when the band tours? I'd love to hear them again!
"This was a very high energy show that had the audience tapping their toes, clapping their hands and itching to get off their feet and dance!.....Everyone was mesmerized!.....If you are a Dixieland fan, this is the show for you."
"Jazz is the single art form America has given the world." That flat-out statement came from band leader Don Edwards when he brought his Southern Fried Jazz Band to the Englewood Performing Arts concert the end of March.....As a veteran of that milieu, he certainly has a point. The rafters.....rang with the infectious beat of Dixieland classics as his skilled ensemble revived New Orleans, Chicago and Midwestern-spawned numbers. Thanks to Edwards' knowledgeable commentary, "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?," "St. James Infirmary" and Basin Street's "Dark Town Strutters Ball" spring to vivid life."
"We're still talking about your show. Everyone loved it!..... I especially liked the fact that it was educational as well as entertainment.....You can use me as a reference any time!"
"From the opening number, "Is It True What They Say About Dixie," to the closing medley of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "When The Saints Go Marching In," the audience was mesmerized. Each member.....had a chance to show off their stuff with various numbers, and the sound filled the entire auditorium.
"There was a conflagration on the Municipal Auditorium stage Saturday night, but nobody called the fire trucks to quench the hot licks spewed forth by the Southern Fried Jazz Band's seven red-speckle-vested veterans..... The blazing, boiling music was just what Charleston Community Music Association officials and their sizeable membership had booked, expected - and enjoyed immensely."
"The band's enthusiasm, engaging manner and remarkable musicianship made the concert a resounding success. We are still receiving compliments from guests and staff alike about the concert. It certainly was the perfect way to end our season."