July 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
ORANGE CITY, IOWA—The best of New Orleans is returning to Orange City when Doreen’s Jazz takes the Windmill Park stage Wednesday, July 20. Part of this summer’s Onstage Orange City series, the show starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.
Dubbed “Queen Clarinet,” “the female Louis Armstrong,” and “Lady Louie” by both fans and journalists, Doreen Ketchens has represented her hometown on five continents; performed on PBS, HBO and MTV; and entertained four U.S. presidents. She has also played or recorded with such jazz greats as Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Bob Wilber and Al Hirt.
While Doreen’s band first visited Orange City in 2005, this summer’s appearance will feature a trio: Doreen on clarinet; her husband, Lawrence Ketchens, on tuba and valve trombone; and their daughter, Dorian Ketchens-Dixon, on drums.
Whether as a full band or trio, Doreen’s Jazz specializes in spreading the music of New Orleans all over the world. Audiences learn about a jazz funeral, second line, “Iko Iko,” and lagniappe. A Doreen’s Jazz performance, says Lawrence, “is educational because it describes the cultural aspects of New Orleans that you hear about and see in movies and on television. This is not simply told to the audience, but musically illustrated in such a way that makes you want to tap, rock and shout. Even the shy ones participate.”
In addition to touring in New England and Canada this summer, Doreen’s Jazz will perform at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 14 and 15 and at the Chicago Jazz Festival Sept. 4.
Quatro Composites and Stange Chiropractic are sponsoring the Onstage Orange City performance by Doreen’s Jazz. Windmill Park is located at 200 Central Avenue NW. The rain location for the concert is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For changes related to the weather or for more information, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, or call 712-707-4885.