Led by clarinettist and composer Dom James, The Dixie Ticklers combine their deep love and understanding of early jazz with a truly modern aesthetic and musical vision. Since forming at the University of London and Guildhall School of Music in 2005, this hard working band has built a fierce live reputation within jazz, blues and the acoustic scene. The core players include drummer Daoud Merchant AKA Washboard Merch (John Law, Empirical), percussionist Zands (Karl Jenkins) trumpeter Will Rixon (Joss Stone), bassist Tommy Antonio and guitarist Nicholas Costley-White (Gareth Lockrane, Martin Speake).
In recent years they have toured Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Sweden and more as well as leading their much celebrated jazz workshops for young players. Festival appearances at Green Man, Henley Festival, London Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Vines (AUS) and Shambala have led to a very loyal cross-genre following as has their legendary touring micro-festival, Gumbo Soup.
In addition to the regular six piece band, 2013 saw the first outing of The Dixie Ticklers Street Band (ten piece) with recent visits to Norway and Switzerland. Back in the studio, The Dixie Ticklers have recently become known for their treatment of film scores and have performed their music for film at The Cinema Museum, London as well as having their music featured in films appearing in festivals across the world.
These guys are so hot that even New Orleans enthusiast Woody Allen has a copy of their first record.
The Dixie Ticklers Street Band
'Intelligent yet playful sextet… they're sure to win converts.' Clive Davis, The Sunday Times
'The band manages to bring in a deep scholarly understanding of New Orleans and Dixieland jazz without letting it undermine their enthusiasm for performing, and they manage to bring a contemporary London edge to the music while being true to its origins. They represent a fresh re-invention driven by joy.' Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast
'Lively and life-affirming, Standing Pat is intelligent but without pretension. It's also a whole lot of fun, of which there is far too little on today's jazz scene.'
'Their music combines a love of traditional Dixieland jazz styles with the sophistication of modern musical ideas whilst retaining the essential joie de vivre of New Orleans music.'
UK and International: Dom James