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The Atlanta Jazz Krewe

Dixieland Band

Diane Bowman - Vocals

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iane Bowman is an Atlanta native with a colorful career that spans demo recordings, jingles, musical theater, cabaret, jazz and big band. From humble beginnings at age 5 performing for her Kindergarten graduation to Eastern Onion Singing Telegrams to the WGC Jazz Ensemble, after graduation she travelled to several east coast theatres and then made the move to New York where she starved, studied and performed with the National Shakespeare Conservatory and other off-off broadway venues, including the Village Gate Cabaret and the Cave Canum. She returned to Atlanta in the early 1990's and these days, she performs around Atlanta as the vocalist for the Take Note Big Band, the Bill Snyder Quartet and monthly at the 57th Fighter Squadron with the Philco Radio Players. None of which would be possible without the support of her husband Sterling, and daughters Hannah and Katherine (thanks for all the day/night passes!)

 

 

Jerry Dibble - Trumpet

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erry played lead trumpet with big bands in the Midwest all through college and, for a year, was second cornet in the Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band . During this period he also played with trombonist Jiggs Whigham and trumpeter Gary Barone.
 
 After four studious but non-trumpet playing years in graduate school at Stanford, Jerry founded a 17-piece rehearsal band on Long Island, where he played jazz trumpet, led the group, and was fortunate enough to play with numerous highly talented musicians. The band played Monday nights in a local restaurant for four years, was a regular attraction at park concerts during the summer, and recorded new releases for Alfred Music Publishing. (Composer Carl Strommen was the band's pianist.) For a short time, Jerry also played the jazz trumpet chair in David Berger's big band and in an jazz ensemble led by Rich Iacona, another local composer and pianist.
 
 Jerry holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an MBA from Georgia State University and a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. His work history includes five years as a product manager with a multinational industrial equipment firm; an assignment as Associate Professor of Business Administration at Georgia State University; and two years as a vice president with a nationally recognized change management consulting firm. In 1990, Jerry was named Communicator of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Jerry is also a member of the American Management Association and the Association for Business Communication.
 
 Jerry has lived in Atlanta for 25 years and currently supports his trumpet habit with work as a management consultant specializing in strategy formation, organization design, and change management.  Much against advice of counsel, Jerry is a mainstay trumpet in the
Sentimental Journey Orchestra.

 

Tony Hall - Drums

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ony Hall is the color and character of the AJK.  Heís the only one of the bunch with an ear for tempo and is the one that starts each tune.  His musical traits are those that other drummers aspire to given his 30 years of performance with the likes of:

The Canadian Brass, Gordon MacRae, Helen OíConnell, Buddy DeFranco, Enrico Pieranunzi, Freddy Cole, Ann Jillian, Susan Anton, Les Elgart, Larry Elgart and Little Anthony (Iím leaving out the gig with Tiny TimÖso donít ask). 

He keeps a variety of big bands and orchestras on his plate:

The Sentimental Journey Orchestra, The Atlanta Seventeen Orchestra, The Still Swinging Orchestra, The Modernaires, The Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, The Chattanooga Opera and Ballet,  The Dekalb Community Jazz Ensemble and The Rehoboth Baptist Orchestra plus freelance work in and around Chattanooga, his home town.

 Tony studied with Les Heard, Dan Spalding and Jack Bell during his formative years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Middle Tennessee State University and Georgia State University.  He has chosen to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with young percussionists with personal lessons at his studios.

 

Reed Lukat - Clarinet

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eed grew up in South Atlanta where he graduated from Morrow High School. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans and graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance.
 
 He worked as a professional musician in the Atlanta area during High school and also during his four years in New Orleans. He's performed with some of the jazz world's best known players, including
Jason Marsallis, Brian Blade, Marvin Stamm, Bob Shepard, Steve Turre, and Charmaine Neville, among others. He's played at the top jazz clubs in New Orleans as well as several performances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Festival International.
 
 Reed currently teaches Band and Chorus at A.Z. Kelsey Middle School in Griffin, GA. He's married (Emily) and is an avid music collector with well over 1500 recordings. He's also a dedicated restorer of music from all media. His non-musical interests include building fine finish furniture and other woodworking endeavors, as well as golfing, pool, and cycling.  He holds court as tenor sax, clarinet and flute with the
Sentimental Journey Orchestra.


 

Henry Mason - Trombone

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enry is the founder and President of the Sentimental Journey Orchestra, Inc.. This was all his idea from the beginning. In addition to his trombone playing he functions as the SJO personnel manager, hanging out with musicians and other disreputable characters, keeping his ear to the ground for potential new members and substitute players. Henry is retired from the State of Georgia as a "paper shuffler, "after a 34 year career (begining in college) and has a degree in Communications from Georgia State University. As a student he was aided in his lifelong dispute with the trombone by famed brass instructor William H.(Bill) Hill. Henry played in high school and college musical ensembles (with a particular fondness for dixieland jazz) and didn't have the good sense to quit when he opted for a "real" job away from music.
 
 The urge to play regularly reappeared about 1 minute post graduation from college and led to his first organizational efforts in helping to revive the rapidly sinking
Callanwolde Concert Band. This experience led to his founding of the Sentimental Journey Orchestra in 1975. The Concert Band has grown from 17 steadfast members then, to its present strength of 65, and the Sentimental Journey Orchestra will soon begin its 30th year (December 12, 2004)! Henry was born in Brunswick, GA, raised in Jonesboro, GA, and is married (Elizabeth). He has one step-son (Beau) who is himself a talented classical clarinetist with a day job as a surgeon. Henry has continued as principal trombone with the Callanwolde Concert Band, and stays busy as CCB's personnel manager and webmaster.

 

 

 

George Uterhardt - Tuba
George Uterhardt's  bio is coming soon.

 

However, this picture may have to stay!!

 

 

 

Dan Turner - Piano


This Joint is Jumpin 

Recorded at SoundsAtlanta- June, 2006.

Engineers: Chris Unck & Brent Smith.

Mastering engineer: Bill (Dr. Troll) Tullis.

MORE Tunes!!

AJK Set List

MP3 files for your listening pleasure

"New Orleans"

"Wolverine Blues"

"Sunny Side of the Street"

"Ain't Misbehavin' "

"Strutting with some BBQ"

"This Joint is Jumpin'"

"That's a Plenty"

 

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an started out taking piano lessons in the early 60's and continued, studying with Charles Wade, Archie Mosley, Paul Mitchell, Don Reitan and Don Tweedy among others.   He started playing "professionally" in the nightclubs and bars of Atlanta at an early age.  Always hidden behind the bass player, drummer or an upright piano with a low stool, he continued these weekend gigs until the long arm of the law and the musicians union forced him out of the nightclubs at the tender age of 12

"Meeting the entertainers, musicians, comics and especially the exotic dancers made for a great 3 years...however, not having a drivers license made getting to the gigs a problem because I never wanted my mother to know."   Depending solely on his father for the jobs, referrals and commute (Bud Turner owned a few clubs in Atlanta and was part of the nightclub circuit for many years) his father would drive back from Atlanta and call him out through a rear window and deliver him to the job.  Tear-down consisted of having breakfast with the entertainers at the Marriott and then sneaking back home at 3am....only for his mother to wake him up at 7am for Church on Sundays or music theory on Saturdays.

While studying piano and synthesizers at the University of Georgia he also studied timpani and other percussion instruments. Dan has played with various groups in all sorts of musical genres; jazz, blues, rock, classical, country, pop and swing ... combos to large ensembles. He's played with: U. GA's Orchestra and Band, DeKalb County's Orchestra and Band, the Gwinnett Community Band, After Hours Jazz Trio, Jazz Creed Sextet, Rocky Creek Band (sextet), Mike Rogers (quintet), Brothel Blues Band. Atlanta Swing Orchestra and the Sentimental Journey Orchestra.

Dan was awarded the Atlanta Society of Entertainers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 as well as their award for Best Blues Band (Brothel Blues Band) in the same year. In November of 2004 Dan was inducted into the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame!  Married much above his station in life to Susan (aka Tiny Dancer)
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The Atlanta Jazz Krewe