Southern Fried Jazz Band
Led by Don Edwards (the last surviving member of the band that backed Frank Sinatra at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas), Southern Fried Jazz Band stirs the appetite of its audience with some of the most authentic and refreshing Dixieland music available anywhere.
His extensive career includes performances backing the great Jazz/Dixieland legends, including Louis Armstrong and the World’s Greatest Jazz Band.
For over a decade at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Don also shared the stage with other legends in Las Vegas, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra and the “Rat Pack”. With impressive resumes reflecting famous Big Band tours and early New Orleans jazz club shows, the band’s first CD, It’s What’s Cooking, received considerable air time on local radio and was discovered by the legendary George Buck in New Orleans who has featured several of their songs on his nationwide Jazzology radio show.
Attempting to immerse audiences in “that Dixieland state of mind” during each live performance, the band plays spirited versions of the classic Dixieland tunes such as Bill Bailey and Sweet Georgia Brown as well as the old favorites like Give Me Your Kisses and St.James Infirmary”. Their programs include a flavorful recipe of instrumentals spiced with vocals and stirred with lots of seasoning and spontaneity. These ingredients have launched Southern Fried Jazz Band from the Piedmont foothills of North Carolina into the national spotlight. Their showmanship and extraordinary musicianship has been acknowledged by standing ovations from North Carolina to California.
“The Band’s enthusiasm, engaging manner and remarkable musicianship made the concert a resounding success. We are still receiving compliments from guests and staff alike about the concert. It certainly was the way to end our season.” – Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
“The blazing, boiling music was just what Charleston Community Music Association officials and their sizeable membership had booked, expected – and enjoyed immensely!“
– Charleston Gazette, Charleston, WV
“The audience loved them – they had a great way of talking to the audience, telling jokes and introducing songs. The musicianship and variety of music was excellent.“
– Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
“This was a very high energy show that had the audience tapping their toes, clapping their hands and itching to get on their feet and dance! … Everyone was mesmerized … If you are a Dixieland fan, this is the show for you.”
– Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL