Doreen Ketchens

New Orleans Jazz


Doreen's Jazz New Orleans is a group whose primary interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans through performances and education throughout the world. Doreen's Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States around the world, performing in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Europe, Mexico, Russia and the United States. They have performed for four United States presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. The band also boasts 23 volumes of CDs and 3 DVDs.

Doreen Ketchens, the leader of the group, has been called "Queen Clarinet," "The female Louis Armstrong,"  and “Lady Louie” by critics who have heard her perform. She has performed with Ellis Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Dorothy Donagan, The Black Crows and Jennifer Warrens, to name a few. Her husband, Lawrence plays the Tuba, Valve Trombone and Piano with the group.  He sometimes plays the Sousaphone and Drums  -- at the same time.  He also arranges and produces music. Lawrence has also performed with  Pete Fountain, Trombone Shorty, Al Hirt, Jon Faddis, Teddy Riley, Danny Barker and countless others.    

The newest addition to the group, Miss Dorian Ketchens-Dixon is a very talented drummer. She premiered her talents at age four and she now travels the world as the drummer for Doreen’s Jazz. Dorian has performed at festivals worldwide including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for six years.

Critics have raved about Doreen's Jazz New Orleans for decades. After their performance for the Dubuque Winter Jazz Festival, Rob Kindert from the Telegraph Herald wrote, "The headlining band for the 2nd annual Dubuque Winter Jazz festival had the Grand Opera House jumping! It's not just the music. Doreen Ketchens flat out lights up a room. Her smile and quick wit complimented her superb talent on the clarinet and the wide ranging resonance of her voice that would've made Louis Armstrong proud."

It is almost impossible to sit through a performance of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans without moving in your seat, shouting, clapping, or tapping your feet. During the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a man jumped up from his wheelchair and led the Second Line around the Economy Hall Tent. “Now that’s music that moves”! 


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