DUKES of Dixieland
Band, Jazz, Ensemble
"The sound is authentic and vibrant, yet with a contemporary twist.
Every member of this ensemble
is a superb soloist, the music
selection was perfect."

Les Fillmer, chair emeritus,

Alabama School of Fine Arts, Department of Music

John Shoup
747 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Back in 1974, producer John Shoup re-formed the DUKES of Dixieland, and opened their jazz club atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter, calling it "DUKES' PLACE” with the blessing of its previous owner, Louis Prima. Playing four sets a night, often stretching till dawn, when three bucks would take care of the two drink minimum, DUKES’ PLACE also became the home base for a number of jazz sessions produced by Shoup for PBS, including the early Marsalis family, Stephane Grappelli, Les McCann and Toots Thielemans.
The DUKES started accepting 30 dates a year with orchestras, festivals and Performing Arts Centers in the USA and overseas, never straying long, before returning home first to DUKES’ PLACE until 1986; then a new home on Bourbon Street called MAHOGANY HALL, and in 1992, they moved home base to the STEAMBOAT NATCHEZ, where they have remained ever since. But still performing only 30 concerts a year with eight different themes ("Mardi Gras"; "Blues on the Bayou"; "Symphonic Jazz"; "Voodoo Revue"; "Celebrating Satchmo"; "New Orleans Jazz Legends" and "Back to Bourbon Street"). And in-between, they continue to work the dinner cruise for 45 weeks a year, 7 nights a week.
They also find time to record (26 albums), produce three (3) PBS television shows ("New Orleans Pops"; "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton" and "Celebrating Satchmo") , and stream one show a week, up to the internet. Unlike their dixieland name, they play New Orleans music, from Dr. John and Fats Domino, to Huey Smith and Louis Prima, not to mention many of their own original tunes. With a repertoire of roughly 400 tunes, there is room for all of the above and still be the pre-eminent New Orleans band as well as New Orleans Ambassadors. Today, each member has a Masters degree in Music and the average age of the six musicians is 38.5 years.

"They’re a traditional jazz band that aims to evolve and stay fresh but they have a history to maintain—one that embodies a certain romantic concept of New Orleans."   
— Brent Milano, Offbeat
"There were improvisation-fueled moments—“Honky Tonk Train Blues’’was especially raucous—that reached for more frantic joy, as though the clock could be turned back with sheer rhythmic energy."   
— Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
"The guys did a great job. The audience loved them, and they were fun to work with."   
— Jon Mosbo, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Live at 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
DUKES of Dixieland
Recording from the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for the DUKES 40th Anniversary Celebration
When Country Meets Dixie
DUKES of Dixieland and The Oak Ridge Boys Introduce New Genre: When Country Meets Dixie
Gloryland ft. Moses Hogan Choir