(trumpet, piano) grew up at listening to jazz greats at his father’s
famous New York music club, The Eddie Condon Jazz Club. After
finishing his music degree at
Michigan, he performed a variety of genres in New York before moving to New Orleans to play the
early jazz music
he loves in its birthplace. He plays with a variety of
traditional jazz bands across the city
including the local swing-dance heroes, the Loose Marbles. Ben is now running his own band, The New Orleans Six. He brings
to every performance his passion for the collective ensemble style that
the New Orleans jazz sound so distinct.
Sam Rocha (guitar, bass) A native son of Fresno in California’s central valley, Sam Rocha has
been in love with music since he can recall. In
addition to studying jazz on the acoustic bass, Sam has also extensively
studied jazz tuba and sousaphone. Sam has performed at
major jazz festivals all across the United States and Canada. He currently resides in the San
Francisco Bay Area where he is an in-demand free lance musician with a variety of bands including the Hot Club of San Francisco. He still finds time to travel
with the highly esteemed Blue Street Jazz Band, playing jazz festivals
and offering clinics for aspiring young jazz musicians.
(clarinet) is a native New Orleanian and the son of Louisiana's own
Kathleen. Born to a local musical family, Bruce
was raised up playing traditional New Orleans jazz—at his mother’s club
across the city. His unique sound makes his playing instantly recognizable and he is in constant demand. Bruce has played for several of New Orleans' most celebrated trad jazz and swing bands including the Jazz Vipers, the Cotton Mouth Kings and the
Bug Stompers, as well as with brass bands including the word-famous
Nate Ketner (clarinet, sax) was always driven to play music. He began his music studies and apprenticeships in California's central valley and soon moved to Los Angeles to hone his skills in one of the most competitive music scenes in the US. Since 2005, he has played, written, and arranged for more than 50 different groups, ranging from Jazz, Country, and Latin to Hip Hop, Funk, and Soul. But no matter where his talent has taken him, he is always keen to return to his love: traditional jazz and the New Orleans style. In addition to playing with the Blue Street Jazz Band, Nate leads his own trad and dance bands and has worked with many notable traditional jazz musicians including John Reynolds, Corey Gem, and Lee Westinhofer.
Richard Scott (piano, trombone) remembers hearing a Dukes of Dixieland record when he was small and, with his grandfather’s musical encouragement, he enveloped himself in the old styles. He completed his music degree at James Madison University and played all across the Eastern US before he came to settle in New Orleans. One of the city's finest stride pianists, Richard also plays a variety of older music styles on accordion, trombone, and tuba. His musical journey came full circle when he became the pianist for the Dukes of Dixieland, playing on the Steamboat Natchez weekly.
Richie Levinson (washboard) is a native of Massachusetts and a graduate of the New York University music program. His fascination with the roots of American rhythms led him to travel throughout West Africa documenting local drumming styles. A diverse musician, Richie plays everything from American traditional jazz to contemporary African popular music. With many musical projects in the works, Richie is in constant demand and splits his time between New York and New Orleans.