Dixieland Jazz lives on in Sun City Stomperz

Ernie Landes and Sid Gire formed The Sun City Stomperz in 2005. [Submitted photo]

Saturday night gigs in Peoria coming up

The Sun City Stomperz were formed in 2005 by Ernie Landes and Sid Gire in an effort to spread the joy of Dixieland Jazz to folks in and around Sun City. The present lineup has been together since 2009, and has appeared at community events, retirement homes, local festivals and watering holes throughout the greater Phoenix area.

They are well into their third year of regular performances at the Sunset Bistro at the Lakes restaurant in Westbrook Village, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy., Peoria. The band has a couple gigs coming up, both at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26 and Saturday, June 9.

According to their website, the Stomperz made a conscious decision to concentrate their repertoire on the music of the first three decades of the 20th Century, including the very beginnings of the traditional jazz age, the rise and fall of the Storyville District of New Orleans, the first jazz recordings and the resulting global appreciation of this music. Because several of the members grew up listening to the music of Lu Watters’ San Francisco style jazz revival in the 1940s, the Stomperz play many of his compositions as well.

The music that Joe “King” Oliver produced during the “Roaring 20s” formed the backbone of what we know today as Traditional Jazz. Mr. Oliver introduced amazing musicians, some of whom, like Louis Armstrong, will live forever. His recordings were wildly successful, spreading the good news far and wide. It is for these reasons that the Stomperz dedicate their album to the memory of Lil Hardin, Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Oliver.



What: Sun City Stomperz

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and Saturday, June 6

Where: Sunset Bistro, 19260 N. Westbrook Pkwy., Peoria

Call for reservations: 623-566-1132

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