Jelly Roll Jazz Band brings Dixieland music to Suisun

By From page B2 | July 11, 2014

SUISUN CITY — The Waterfront Jazz Series continues Sunday afternoon with Ted Shafer and the Jelly Roll Jazz Band bringing Dixieland jazz tunes to the area.

Shafer, born in 1925, lives in Suisun City.

He fell in love with jazz at a college dance and eventually formed a band.

He founded Merry Makers Records a few years later, in 1964. The label releases his own recordings as well as the bands of Turk Murphy and Lu Watters.

Shafer and his group helped Suisun City host the Suisun City Jazz Festivals in the 1990s.

He feels a mission to keep Dixieland jazz alive and thriving. It doesn’t get a lot of airplay, Shafer said. Records and performances are the way most people hear the genre.

“Listening is very enjoyable,” Shafer told the Daily Republic in 2010. “But playing is even more fulfilling.”

The music gets underway at 3 p.m. at Harbor Plaza, Main and Solano streets. Admission is free.

You can watch a Jelly Roll Jazz Band performance at www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhJgMyweJgk.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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